At this year’s annual Renton Rotary Operation Warm program, more than 800 free new coats were provided to children throughout the community.
“Every child, regardless of their economic situation, deserves a brand new coat. Our club believes a brand new coat is more than a coat, and offers a child physical and emotional warmth, confidence to socialize and succeed, and hope of a brighter future,” said Al Ralston, Renton Rotary President. “Operation Warm provides not just physical warmth, but so much more. Without a warm coat, many children in need miss school, which also means they miss the education they need as well as a free or reduced breakfast and lunch that fuels their bodies. In addition, having a beautiful brand new coat builds self-esteem and peer acceptance, giving children the confidence they need to succeed.”