On Tuesday, November 18, members of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston set out to give the gift of warmth now that the temps have dropped into the 20s! The club originally planned to present the goodies to the students between Thanksgiving and Christmas but the arctic blast that arrived in Charleston early in the week persuaded us to move quickly and distribute the items prior to the freeze Wednesday night.
The Club participates annually in Operation Warm – a project that is aimed at providing warm winter attire to kids who may not be properly equipped for the colder temperature. The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston is one of 160 Rotary club partners that have handed out over 100,000 coats.
Our club chose to work with our partner school, James Simons Elementary, to identify children who need winter weather apparel and ordered 120 coats and purchased accompanying hats, gloves and socks. Members of the Education Committee helped students pick from a wide range of colors and styles and individual fashion sense was on full display as each child chose his or her winter outfit!
Next year, we hope to repeat Operation Warm and expand it to include hygiene kits, undergarments and, perhaps windbreakers.
Rotarians L-R: President Elect Paul Stoney; Alissa Lietzow; Whitney Franklin (); Cheryl Kaynard; John Channell; Doug Holmes; and President Digit Matheny; holding up some of the 86 brand new winter coats that were handed out this past Tuesday.
At the first station, students got to pick out a new winter coat – ranging in sizes from 6-16.
Pictured below, Operation Warm coordinator and Shining Light of the Week winner, Cheryl Kaynard, helps a student pick out his new coat.
After selecting matching gloves and warm socks, students headed over to meet our Club President, Digit Matheny, who assisted them in picking out a warm knit hat.
Rotarian John Channell helped package each student’s new items.
And for some additional smiles, check out these happy campers who are loving their new coats and accessories.
President Digit Matheny gives a thumbs up for a successful afternoon!