Residents invited to join Rotary in warming the hearts and minds of Taylor children

Continuing its more than 50-year tradition of community service, the Rotary Club of Taylor plans to distribute new winter coats to the children of Taylor whose families cannot afford them.

This will be the second annual coat donation. The Taylor Rotary, with the help of the Taylor School District and the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, was able to identify the families in need and distribute more than 120 coats last year. The club's goal this year is to at least triple that amount: 400 winter jackets.

“A winter coat is an essential item in Taylor’s winters,” said Taylor Rotary President Geno Salomone. "A coat provides more than just warmth. It allows a child to attend school, where they not only receive an education, they also receive meals. A new coat provides the added benefit of increasing self esteem. Who doesn’t like getting new things?”

The Rotary Club will purchase new coats from Operation Warm, Inc.®, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to distributing high quality, new winter coats to children living in need. Over the past 10 years, Operation Warm has distributed more than 500,000 new winter coats.  

Area residents are invited to help the Taylor Rotary Club with this project through donations.

“A $20 contribution will warm the heart and mind of a child with a new winter coat and dictionary,” said Armando Sardanopoli, Taylor Rotary member and chairman of the project.

Several fund-raising activities are planned, including:

  • Soliciting donations from local companies and their employees
  • Soliciting funds through news releases and also through Taylor Rotary Club members

The project also will be funded by the club’s charitable foundation and individual donations. The Taylor Rotary Charitable Foundation (designated account fund) contributes to local, national and international charities and service projects. Local recipients include the Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry, Penrickton Center for the Blind, Taylor Conservatory Foundation, American Cancer Society, Taylor South Little League, Ballet Americana and the Taylor Fire and Police departments, to name a few. Internationally, the foundation has supported programs in Nicaragua, Ghana, Kenya and Honduras.

The Rotary Club of Taylor meets on Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at Lakes of Taylor Golf Club. The public is invited for lunch and an interesting program at the same time. Membership is open to service-oriented residents and workers of the area. Guests are welcome to attend. To learn more about the club and its schedule of lunch programs, visit www.taylorrotary.com or email the Taylor Rotary membership officer at asardanopoli@comcast.net to get information about joining.

Operation Warm is the nation’s largest nonprofit providing new winter coats for children in need. Through its core values of accountability, excellence, integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork, Operation Warm strives to accomplish its vision: every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, is able to attend school regularly and has strong self-esteem. For more information about Operation Warm, visit www.operationwarm.org.