The Warm Kids Project is a homegrown Kalamazoo Michigan non-profit dedicated to providing new winter outerwear to children in need in our community. Our goal is to ensure that every child will be warmly dressed and prepared to meet the bus or walk to school.
History of Warm Kids Project
The Warm Kids Project began in 1986 when a Kalamazoo resident saw children poorly dressed for winter weather at her neighborhood school bus stop. Feeling compassion for the children, she organized a group of friends to help. They purchased new winter outerwear, which was distributed to 87 Kalamazoo Public School children.
Warm Kids Project continued to attract caring volunteers and raise more funds. In a few years, Warm Kids Project provided new winter outerwear to all 18 Kalamazoo Public elementary schools and three middle schools.
The Warm Kids Project was incorporated in 1988 and applied for and received tax-exempt 501(c)3 status in September 1988.
Soon Warm KIds Project began receiving requests for clothing assistance from other Kalamazoo County school districts. Within the next few years, Warm Kids Project added seven additional school districts, with the goal of providing new clothing to every elementary school in the county.
Since 1986, Warm Kids Project has expanded to provide 62 public schools and agencies with a consistent and predictable supply of new, quality winter outerwear for children in their care. Learn how you can help.