Gov. Carney, Operation Warm deliver coats to West Seaford Elementary students

By Scott Bleile

This is a great opportunity to help our kids in the state of Delaware, Gov. John Carney stated standing before several classes of students and dignitaries during his visit to West Seaford Elementary school on Dec. 21.

The state has partnered with Operation Warm to provide coats for students in Delaware schools. We are here today to hand out these great looking coats to the students at West Seaford. We want to thank the team at Operation Warm for all they have done to get this project going. These are all brand-new coats that have been bought with monies from many different other partners. These students will go home today with a brand-new coat. Operation Warm provided 470 new coats for the students at West Seaford Elementary School. The donation of the coats was part of 10,000 coats the charity is donating to Delaware students at the request of Gov. Carney.

Operation Warm is an organization which provides new coats for children across the country. It is not a coat drive; where used coats are collected and then handed back out. They receive monetary donations from partners and turn that into brand new coats which they manufacture. They have handed out over two million coats since 2002.

Abrand-new Operation Warm coat 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, said Heather Connolly, Director of Development and Programs for Operation Warm. We want these kids to have coats to go play outside and not have to sit in the house because they have nothing warm to wear. Gov. Carney came to us about starting the program in Delaware. So far this week, we have been able to hand out coats at many of the school district in the state. We have gone to Brandywines Harlan Elementary, Capes Milton Elementary, Capitals Towne Point Elementary, Christinas Stubbs Elementary, Colonials Castle Hills Elementary and McCullough Middle, Indian Rivers North Georgetown Elementary and Lakes South Elementary. We will be giving out more coats to other schools in January.

Gov. Carney was joined by Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, Delaware State Senators Bryant Richardson and Brian Pettyjohn, Delaware State Representative Danny Short, Sussex County Council President Mike Vincent, Seaford Superintendent David Perrington and School Board Members President Becky Adams and Vice-President David Tull.

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