By Tianna Beckles
SELBYVILLE, Del.— Forty-six students involved in the Indian River School District's Accelerating Preliterate English Language Learners Program recently received winter coats through a donation program run by Operation Warm and the Delaware chapter of Health Occupations Students of America.
The G.W. Carver Center in Frankford is where the APELL program is housed. The program received a donation of winter coats from the HOSA/Operation Warm partnership in 2012. The donation to APELL came from this supply, which is designated for distribution to the district's transition students.
School officials stated that students in the APELL program were grateful for their new winter coats. A few of their comments were:
"I will stay warm now.""Please tell the person who donated these coats thank you.""Where I come from it's very hot. This coat will keep me nice and warm.""There are a lot of caring people in my school because of the coat I received.""We don't have anything like this in my country.""Are all Americans this nice, giving things away?""When I get up in the morning to meet the bus, it's really cold outside.""It's not always warm in my house. I may have to sleep with my coat sometimes." Operation Warm is a national non-profit organization founded in 2002 with the mission of providing new winter coats to impoverished children. To date, the organization has donated more than 1.7 million winter coats to children nationwide. From the beginning of 2014 to present, Operation Warm has served more than 220,000 children living in poverty.
The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing health science education students with opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development. The Delaware chapter started in 2011 and has partnered with Operation Warm since its inception to distribute winter coats to needy children throughout the state.