The Delaware KIDS Fund, Harvey, Hanna & Associates, non-profit coat manufacturer Operation Warm and 20 area businesses hosted a coat delivery parade on Thursday, December 9th at 10AM at Richardson Park Elementary School. Each student at Richardson Park received a brand-new coat as a result of the recent Operation Warm: Newport Delaware KIDS Fund Camping out for Coats campaign.
A fleet of 30 vehicles including fire trucks from Five Points and Minquas Fire Companies (including Santa Clause) and various sponsor vehicles traveled from Banning Park, crossing Middleboro Road into the parking lot of Richardson Park Elementary school led by the 76ers “Stixers” drum line band.
Each vehicle unloaded boxes of coats and presented the coats to school administrators and select number of students outside of the school while all of the students cheered on the coat coat parade.
The Delaware KIDS Fund will hosted the 5th Annual“Operation Warm Newport: Delaware KIDS Fund Camping Out for Coats” on Friday, November 19th.
Members of The Delaware KIDS Fund, Harvey, Hanna & Associates, local business, and community leaders pitched tents and camped out in a field located at 10 S. James Street while remote campers also camped out from home to help create awareness for the greater Wilmington/Newport’s population of elementary children living below the poverty line. The Delaware KIDS Fund Camping out for Coats program is an annual challenge based fundraising campaign that provides brand new Operation Warm coats for every student at select Delaware schools ahead of the winter season.
The Delaware KIDS Fund has partnered with Operation Warm, a national non-profit organization that works directly with coat manufacturers to create their own line of carefully crafted winter coats made exclusively for kids in a wide variety of styles and colors.
The Delaware KIDS Fund Newport camp experience will included campfires, food courtesy of James Street Tavern, Serpes Bakery, Dom’s Pizza and Mary’s Kountry Kitchen, live music with Sam Smick and guests from the community for a series of “fire-side chat’s”. The campsite also featured the “Against the Grain Arts” Camper’s Lounge which included a snack pantry, make-your-own S’Mores bar, coffee station, bar (sponsored by 2SP Brewery) light arts and crafts for kids and other activities.
“Providing a child in a need a brand-new coat creates confidence, improves peer-acceptance and ignites inspiration,” said Ryan Kennedy, Executive Director – The Delaware KIDS Fund. “If we can inspire these children during this critical period in their lives, they will have a better opportunity to succeed and ultimately help strengthen the future of our communities ” .
The Delaware KIDS Fund team had the honor of joining our (new) friends from Friendship House of Wilmington in visiting one of our all-time favorite schools at Richardson Park Elementary. The Delaware KIDS Fund and Friendship House worked together to acquire and deliver over 600 school uniform items for the students at Richardson Park.
Thanks to our friends from Hawkins & Sons for their help in securing a brand new washer and dryer set for a hardworking family in Newport – allowing them to live a healthier and easier life. The Delaware KIDS Fund helped acquire a brand new washer/dryer appliance set in the midst of the national supply chain crisis.
The Delaware KIDS Fund and Harvey, Hanna & Associates pitched in during the summer with officers from New Castle County Behavioral Unit & Community Services Unit presenting bathing suits to members of the Surratte Pool at Surratte Park in New Castle County.