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Contributed photo / Delivering coats to Ooltewah Elementary School are Tiffany Commons, at left, Hamilton Place Rotary Club board member, and Bethanie Reynolds, assistant principal at Ooltewah Elementary School.

For the 10th year in a row, the Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place partnered with Operation Warm and delivered 180 coats to several local elementary schools through the Warm Coats for Cool Kidz annual project.

A brand new coat tells a child, "you're worth it." For the child, a brand new winter coat can be more than a coat; it can change a child's life and empower them with greater self-confidence, even increased school attendance. Operation Warm manufactures and provides a thoughtfully designed collection of new winter coats to children in need, helping to improve self-confidence, peer acceptance and overall wellness.

The Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place orders the coats, then club members meet to sort and deliver the coats to the local elementary schools and see first-hand many of the children's smiling faces as they receive their new coats.

Beverlee Bartley

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