Operation Warm donates more than 8,000 coats to Boston Public Schools students

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WHO: Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS);

                                    Richard Lalley, Executive Director of Operation Warm;

                                    Briana Curran, President and Charitable Giving Manager, BNY Mellon;

                                    Kendra Wotkyn, Community Relations Manager, BNY Mellon;

                                    Karla Estrada, BPS Deputy Superintendent Student Support Services;

                                    Amalio Nieves, BPS Assistant Superintendent of Social Emotional Learning;

                                    Mary William, Director, Homeless Education Resource Network (HERN);

                                    BPS student volunteers 



WHAT: Volunteers package donated coats to be distributed to students at BPS schools


WHEN: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


WHERE: Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (BPS Central Office), 2300 Washington St., Roxbury, MA

Operation Warm, a national charity focused on bringing happiness and warmth to low-income children through the gift of brand new winter coats, has made a generous donation of 8,200 new jackets to BPS students who are homeless or under-served at the start of the holiday season. At Monday’s event, Superintendent Chang and other BPS leaders, along with student volunteers and the Homeless Education Resource Network (HERN), will package and place the coats into vehicles before distributing them to students at BPS schools. The amount of donated coats has greatly increased this year, from about 3,000 jackets last year. These generations would not be possible without contributions from BNY Mellon, Genzyme Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, People’s United Community Foundation, the TD Charitable Foundation, and an anonymous Boston-area philanthropist.

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