For Immediate Release
January 21, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino, The Boston Foundation, and Operation Warm kicked off an effort to distribute brand new winter coats to more than 5,000 children who live in Boston Housing Authority developments.
The “New Coats for the New Year” drive will offer coats to every child, ages 3-12, living in BHA developments around the city. It was introduced today by Mayor Menino and BHA Administrator Bill McGonagle at an event at Maverick Landing in East Boston, one of six developments that received new coats today.
“Every child deserves a winter coat to keep them warm and healthy during these cold winter months,” Mayor Menino said. “I want to thank the hard-working men and women of the BHA for undertaking this hard work. Without their efforts, this ambitious project would be impossible.”
“At a time when food prices are rising, and heating oil prices are setting all-time highs, the difference something as simple as a new, warm, winter coat can make cannot be underestimated,” said Paul S. Grogan, the President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “This effort demonstrates the power of working together to meet critical winter needs – and serves as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done.”
The “New Coats for the New Year” effort was sparked by a discussion between Boston Foundation Vice President for Program Robert Lewis, Jr., and Richard Sanford, the Founder and Chairman of Operation Warm, which provides new winter coats to children in need through strategic and community partnerships with a variety of donors and community organizations around the country.
Operation Warm was founded in Chadds Ford, Penn. in 1998, and this winter it will have distributed its one-millionth new coat to someone in need.
“Our impact in Boston is truly just beginning,” said Richard Sanford, Founder and Chairman of Operation Warm. “Ultimately, we’d like to ensure every child who needs a winter coat receives a new coat from Operation Warm.”
The coats were distributed by volunteers from The Boston Foundation, BHA, and Winn Management on Saturday to children from six BHA developments from Maverick Landing in East Boston and from the Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester. About 1,000 children from Maverick Landing, Orient Heights, Franklin Field, Franklin Hills, Fairmount and Gallivan developments received their coats.