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Operation Warmth

Operation Warmth

Junior League of Cobb-Marietta Supports Operation Warmth

Members Donating Funds to Purchase 100+ Coats

Approximately 11% of the families in Cobb County live in poverty, which means a warm coat becomes essential during the winter months, especially for children who may be playing outdoors during recess or walking to and from the school bus each morning.

This fall, more than 100 children from low-income families will receive brand new coats courtesy of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (JLCM). Our organization, which has partnered with Operation Warmth to provide warmth, confidence and hope for children in need through the gift of a brand, new coat, is donating the funds needed to purchase coats.

“Every child, regardless of their economic situation, deserves a new coat and to be warm and comfortable this winter,” said Katie Stieber, President of JLCM. “We also believe this donation is about more than a warm coat. It’s a chance to help boost a child’s confidence so that they will socialize and succeed without the worry of being cold during recess or after school.”

Operation Warmth was founded by the late Barbara Hickey—a champion for community support in Cobb County who passed away in January—when she noticed a school secretary handing out winter coats to some of the students. In 2018, the local program provided 3,500 coats to children in Cobb.

“It’s such an honor for us to work alongside a program that Barbara helped bring to this community,” Stieber adds. “She was a strong advocate for Cobb County and we will forever be thankful for all that she did here and for the ways JLCM can continue to live her legacy by participating in events like Operation Warmth.”

To learn more and support this initiative, contact JLCM Gives Chair Tammy Thorpe at jlcmgives@gmail.com.

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