6th Annual Delaware KIDS Fund Camping Out for Coats set for Friday, November 11th
October 26, 2022
Campers will Raise Money to Buy Brand New Coats for Local Elementary School Students
The Delaware KIDS Fund will host the 6th Annual “Operation Warm Newport: Delaware KIDS Fund Camping Out for Coats” on Friday, November 11th.
Members of The Delaware KIDS Fund, Harvey, Hanna & Associates, local business, and community leaders will pitch tents and camp out in a field located at 10 S. James Street or campout out remotely 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.
Camp will open on Friday, November 11th at 5:00 pm and close on Saturday, November 12th at 9:00 am. The Delaware KIDS Fund Newport camp experience will include campfires, food courtesy of James Street Tavern, live music with Sam Smick and guests from the community for a series of “fire-side chat’s.” The campsite will also feature the “Against the Grain Arts” Camper’s Lounge which which will include 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.
Anyone can donate or participate in the camping experience by visiting www.campingforcoats.com
In early December, The Delaware KIDS Fund and several volunteers from the community will visit a local elementary school with a coat delivery parade to deliver the brand-new coats. Since 2017, the annual campout has helped raise over $230,000 to purchase over 10,600 coats for children at 18 different elementary schools.
“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 ” .
For full camp details and additional information on Operation Warm Newport, visit: www.campingforcoats.com
Interested in camping, donating funds or goods, visit the website or contact: Ryan Kennedy, 302-323-9300 Ext. 117
Location: 10 S. James Street, Newport, DE 19804 (grass lot across the street from James Street Tavern)
Hours: 11/11, 5:00 PM through 9:00 AM on 11/12
Non-campers are encouraged to visit during the “Camp Kick-Off Party” on Friday, Nov. 11thth from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Guests are encouraged to attend for a $10 donation (100% donated) for complementary food, beverages, silent auction, and music.
Donations: 100% of money raised is going towards the purchase of brand new and personalized coats through Operation Warm.
Financial donations will be accepted on-site. New coats are not encouraged since all coats will be purchased through Operation Warm.
Camp Registration: if interested in camping, campers can register here: https://form.jotform.com/212225289096055 or contact Ryan Kennedy to register.
Email: email@example.com or call 302-323-9300 Ext. 117 / Cell: 302-245-5465
2022 Promotional Video: https://youtu.be/iPZ834CvdNQ