“Mobilizing together means tangible relief to the families that were devastated by the tornadoes,” Rawson said. “So many lost everything, but now that cooler weather is approaching, we’re here to help keep these kids feel safe and warm.”
“We are so grateful that our listeners support not only to help keep 90.9 Air1 on the air in the Oklahoma City area, but that they also help us support worthwhile organizations like Operation Warm,” explained Air1 DJ Cari Kates. “When we unite with a purpose and touch those affected by tragedy in our communities, we really are the hands and feet of Jesus.”
The coats, manufactured especially for Operation Warm, were ordered in a variety of styles and colors, so that children may enjoy a unique coat that fits properly. Beyond warmth — one of the most basic necessities — organizers hope a new coat will bring pride to children and relief for struggling families, just in time for the holidays.
School staff said the kids are processing the trauma, but being embraced by the community has become part of their life.
“It’s become our way of life,” explained Briarwood counselor Amy Raney. “Our children are grateful people are out there thinking of them.”
Raney said she likes to think that the children learned compassion and empathy from all the outpouring of support, and if there would ever be a disaster somewhere else they would be the first in line to help.