Seven southern New Jersey philanthropic organizations have joined forces with Operation Warm, Better Education for Kids, Inc. and Fulfill to distribute 3,200 new winter coats to children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties through “Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore”.
Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore’s funding partners include The Citta Foundation; Community Foundation of South Jersey; Grunin Foundation; OceanFirst Foundation; Pascale Sykes Foundation; United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and the Wintrode Family Foundation & Causeway Family of Dealerships with 100% match funding provided by Better Education for Kids, Inc. and coats provided by Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing warmth, confidence and hope for children in need through the gift of brand-new coats..
Fulfill, formerly the Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, is the local distribution partner and will host two drive-thru Coat Giving Events on November 7 and November 14 – rain or shine. Pre-packaged coats, sizes 2T-2XL, will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. Children must be present in the vehicle to receive a coat. In addition, Fulfill will provide each household with a family meal kit including hot chocolate and cookies. .
"Our food bank feeds 70,000 children at the Jersey Shore. We are grateful to be part of this partnership that now allows us to give those kids warmth this winter, in addition to full bellies. Being warm and full helps children maintain good health while providing comfort, safety, and overall well-being," said New Jersey's former Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, the CEO and President of Fulfill..