Community members in Sanford are coming together to make sure all the kids in the area are warm this winter.

More than one in four children in Sanford live in families with incomes below the federal poverty line. Necessities like warm winter clothing can be hard to come by when food, shelter, heat and medicine take priority.

On Thursday, February 15, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, Cafua Management Company, will deliver 500 brand-new winter coats to children in need at Willard Elementary School in Sanford through its partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing new winter coats to children in need.

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“The gift of a brand new winter coat will give the children in Sanford a boost of confidence and empowerment, and help them to get to school and play outside for the rest of the Maine winter,” said Grace Sica, Operation Warm’s Director of Partnerships. “For the adults, this coat giving event inspires the community and reminds us that businesses, like Dunkin Donuts, can be a force for good and hope.”

Cafua Management Company employee volunteers will visit Willard Elementary School to personally fit each child with a new winter coat in their favorite color and help them write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You.”

About Operation Warm: Since 1998, Operation Warm has inspired hope and empowered communities by manufacturing and distributing high-quality, new winter coats to over 2 million children in need throughout the US. The nonprofit works with organizations at a community-level, assisting local advocates to help children receive coats in their own backyard. Operation Warm’s vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is warm, feels valued, and is empowered to get to school and gain an education. To learn more or start your own community coat program, visit

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