KEARNEY, Neb. – Nearly 15% of children in Kearney live in families with incomes below the federal poverty line. Necessities like warm winter clothing can be hard to come by when food, housing, heat and healthcare take priority.
Kearney Elks Lodge #984 and the Kearney Public Library are partnering with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing brand new winter coats to children in need, to help alleviate the financial burden of a brand new coat for families involved in the Head Start program in Kearney.
Operation Warm is teaming up with libraries and service organizations across the country to give a brand new coat and a new book to each child who participates. This unique service project not only provides children with necessities, but introduces them and their families to all that their neighborhood library branch has to offer beyond books. This program will inspire literacy and learning by helping children get to school and to their local library on cold and wintry days.
On Saturday, January 11, the Kearney Elks Lodge will provide brand new coats and the Kearney Public Library will provide new books to 80 Head Start children at Kearney Public Library through its partnership with Operation Warm. The Warm Welcome to the Library Head Start Family Connections Day will be held from 10 a.m. until noon and will include activities for the Head Start families like meeting Elroy the Elk, enjoying a puppet show by the Nebraska State Elks Major Project- “Kids on the Block”, taking a tour of the library and receiving their very own library card. Refreshments will be provided by the Kearney Drove of Does.
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