Coats will be distributed to homeless students
February 16, 2017 – Operation Warm, a national charity that provides new winter coats to children in need, has donated 250 new coats to Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to be distributed to students who are homeless or highly mobile.
“JCPS has more than 6,000 students who are homeless, and there is always a large gap between needs and available resources,” said Dr. John Marshall, chief equity officer for JCPS. “Having a new winter coat provides a child with more than just warmth – it builds self-confidence, promotes school attendance, and supports a child’s overall health and well-being. We’re very grateful for this generous and much-needed gift.”
The Department of Diversity, Equity and Poverty will distribute the coats, which were received this week, to students in need. Anyone interested in receiving a coat, or in donating a coat to the program, may contact Giselle Danger-Mercaderes, JCPS homeless coordinator, at 485-3650.