Operation Warm Partners with IGS to Supply New Coats to Kids in Need

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Organizations plan to surpass goal of 10,000 coats donated to needy kids in Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh

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Over the past four years, we have been so impressed with IGS’ generosity in helping us continue our mission of providing hope, happiness and warmth to children.

Operation 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 nearly 500 coats to the children of Lewis Elementary. Together, the two companies will be on site December 1 in Chicago, helping the kids select a coat. The partners also plan to provide 500 coats to students at Charles Mooney Elementary School in Cleveland December 6, and 400 to Arsenal PreK-5 School in Pittsburgh December 14.

Since 2014, IGS Energy’s donations have contributed to provide more than 4,400 new coats for kids in need throughout the energy supplier’s core markets. This year, the organization plans to surpass its goal of donating 10,000 coats through its Bundle Up campaign.

Kerri Ward, director of corporate communications at IGS, said, “We’re dedicated to giving back to the communities where we live and work. For our Bundle Up campaign, when a current or new customer ‘bundles’ our products, we make a donation to Operation Warm. We partnered with Operation Warm because there is such a strong alignment between its mission and our business – the value of keeping someone warm.”

IGS’ donations to Operation Warm are used to manufacture and provide new coats for kids in need. Operation Warm has found that giving new winter coats, as opposed to used clothing, can boost children’s self-esteem and peer acceptance, in addition to many other benefits. The organization primarily serves children ages three to 13, teaming up with select non-profit and community organizations to identify children that qualify for new coats.

“Since we began in 1998, we have served over 2 million children in need,” states Kirsten Bradley, associate director of partnerships for Operation Warm. “Over the past four years, we have been so impressed with IGS’ generosity in helping us continue our mission of providing hope, happiness and warmth to children. We look forward to working with them for many more years to come.”

Coat giveaways will be from 8 a.m. to noon EST at the following locations

● Chicago, Dec. 1, Lewis Elementary, 1431 North Leamington Avenue
● Cleveland, Dec. 6, Charles Mooney Elementary School, 3213 Montclair Avenue
● Pittsburgh, Dec. 14, Arsenal PreK-5 School, 215 39th Street

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About Operation Warm
Since 1998, Operation Warm has inspired hope and empowered communities by manufacturing and distributing high-quality, new winter coats to children in need throughout the US. The nonprofit works with organizations at a community-level, assisting local advocates to help children receive coats in their own backyard. Operation Warm’s vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is warm, feels valued, and is empowered to get to school and gain an education. To learn more or start your own community coat program, visit http://www.operationwarm.org.

About the IGS Family of Companies
With over 25 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 protection 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 http://www.igs.com.

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