Our 2020 Coat Count


*Updated 12/23 10:00 AM

Since 2017










Average of schools we support experiencing children living at or below the poverty line.


Nights of Sleeping Outside

Our Mission

After learning about the high percentages of children living at or below the poverty line in our local elementary schools between Newport, Stanton and the Wilmington area, The Delaware KIDS Fund and Harvey, Hanna & Associates partnered with national non-profit coat manufacturer and distributor, Operation Warm. The mission is simple: provide EVERY child at EVERY school a brand new Operation Warm coat. A new coat for a child creates a sense of pride, offers physical and emotional warmth, boosts confidence and self-esteem, increases peer acceptance and improves daily attendance in school. It’s more than a coat. All together, this creates a stronger foundation for our community.

In 2017,  The Delaware KIDS Fund created a community-wide, challenge based fundraising platform. A team of brave volunteers decided to sleep outside for one night in the heart of Newport, Delaware. Camping out on a frigid night in November represents a commitment to warming up our children in need and to help accelerate monetary donations. Since our first camp in 2017, The Delaware KIDS has been able to raise enough money to purchase over 6,000 coats for 6,000 elementary students at 12 different schools.

We hope you will join us on this inspiring journey to help foster our next generation in need.

In 2020, the need has never been greater.

Please consider donating ($22 = 1 coat) and/or in the spirit of keeping our tradition alive.. consider camping out for a coat on Friday, November 13th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our traditional camp site will not be open in Newport but a team of community champions will be camping out in various locations. Form backyards, front yards, local parks and beyond. In an effort to host a socially distant camp this year – we ask that you consider registering for camp (and/or donate) to help warm up another school this winter.

The Delaware KIDS Fund is a 501(c)3 organization established and founded in 2008 by Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc. and is dedicated to providing goods and services to children at risk and in distressed situations.


2021 Camp is Back in Newport! 
Our traditional campsite in downtown Newport will be open again in 2021! We invite you to camp for a coat on a Friday, November 12th. Camping outside represents a commitment to warming up local children in need, inspiring confidence, boosting self-esteem, and improving peer acceptance.

How Does it Work?

  • Register to camp through the link below
  • Fundraising instructions and camp FAQ’s will be emailed directly from our KIDS Fund camp counselors
  • Grab your camping gear, pitch a tent, set up a bonfire and huddle up with your friends and family and camp for a coat!


The Delaware KIDS Fund
Ryan Kennedy – Executive Director
302-323-9300 Ext. 117


405 E. Marsh Lane
Suite 1
Newport, DE 19804


For all inquiries, volunteer opportunities and various sponsorship opportunities, contact Ryan Kennedy at rkennedy@harveyhanna.com or use the form below:

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