Operation Warm Partners with IGS to Help Donate New Coats to Kids in Need

October 17, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio, October 17, 2018Operation Warm, a non-profit organization that provides brand new winter coats to children in need, has partnered with IGS Energy, a local natural gas and electricity supplier, to donate 350 coats to kids at Bolton Elementary School, today. Together, the two companies will be on site at 9803 Quebec Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44106, helping the kids select a coat of their choosing. Over the next several weeks IGS will host donation events in a variety of cities, including Pittsburgh; Chicago; Harrisburg, PA; Columbus, OH; and Cincinnati.
Since 2014, IGS Energy has donated 17,500 brand new winter coats to children in need through their partnership with Operation Warm. This year, IGS plans to surpass its goal of donating 13,000 coats through their Bundle Up campaign.

“When a current or new customer ‘bundles’ two or more products together, we make a donation to Operation Warm to help children stay warm this season,” said Rob Ham, vice president of residential sales for IGS.

IGS donations to Operation Warm are used to manufacture and provide new coats for kids in need. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Operation Warm has found that giving new winter coats as opposed to used clothing can boost children’s self-esteem and peer acceptance, as well as increase school attendance and outdoor play. The organization primarily serves children ages three to 13, and together—with select non-profit and community organizations—they identify children who qualify to receive new coats.

“Operation Warm’s goal is to serve our 3 millionth child by winter,” states Kirsten Bradley, associate director of partnerships for Operation Warm. “Over the past four years, we’ve been able to serve more children and get closer to this achievement because of IGS’ passion and generosity. We look forward to working with them for many more years to come.”

About Operation Warm

Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that creates brand new, high-quality coats and gives them away to children in need. Every child, regardless of their economic situation, deserves a brand new coat. We partner with compassionate individuals and organizations across North America to give a gift of warmth, confidence and hope. Operation Warm believes a brand new coat is more than a coat, promoting self-esteem, school attendance and outdoor play.

To help Operation Warm reach their 3 millionth child this winter, get involved at OperationWarm.org/3-millionth-coat-tour/.

About the IGS Family of Companies

With nearly 30 years of experience in the energy industry, the IGS family of companies provides the following to over one million customers across the country: natural gas, electricity, and home warranty products; power generation solutions off the grid; clean, domestic alternative fueling options; and solar solutions. The company focuses on empowering consumers to make choices that best fit their energy needs. Their community investment program, IGS Impact, provides employees with opportunities to get involved with causes that are meaningful to both the company and to them personally. To learn more, visit https://www.igs.com/.

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Media Contacts:

Teresa Ralston, IGS

614-659-5400, teresa.ralston@igs.com

Lauren Holloway, Operation Warm

610-388-2500 x136, lholloway@operationwarm.org