The Rotary Club of River Cities, serving Mount Prospect, Des Plaines and Prospect Heights, provides new winter coats for children in the local communities through the Operation Warm program.  The goal is to provide only brand-new coats to local children in need. Instead of collecting used coats like a traditional coat drive, high-quality, brand-new coats are distributed to help kids feel confident and valued.
Traditionally the social workers at the Village of Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights School District 23 share the needs with the Club who in turn raise the funds to purchase the coats and assist with their distribution. This Club, initially serving Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights merged with the Rotary Club of Des Plaines and, therefore, added Des Plaines School District 62 to its Operation Warm project. While the number of children in need of coats has increased, adding a third community has amplified the need for donations this year.
The Club has raised funds and applied for grants to purchase coats, approximately $25 per coat through Operation Warm. The Club’s target is to distribute at least 300 new coats this year but there is a need for additional funding to purchase at least 60 more coats by December 1st to meet this year’s goal.  Every dollar donated directly to Rotary Club of River Cities goes directly to purchasing a new coat.  If you would like to contribute you can do so by using this link   Checks are payable to Rotary Club of River Cities and may be delivered to Alex Todd, Club Treasurer, at the Prospect Heights Library, 12 Elm Street in Prospect Heights.
Operation Warm coats help raise the self-esteem and peer acceptance of children struggling in poverty. Every child deserves a new, warm coat no matter their economic background.