Shelby High Junior Class President Helps Provide Warmth, Confidence, and Hope

Shelby High Junior Class President Helps Provide Warmth, Confidence, and Hope
Posted on 01/08/2020

Two people holding coates

When Shelby High Junior Class President Katie Allen recently heard of a church providing coats for children in their community through a non-profit organization called Operation Warm, she thought it sounded like a good idea. Apparently, members of the Shelby community agreed with her.

"We are always grateful to community members who reach out and provide support for our students," said Kim Kepner, principal at James Love Elementary.

Allen began a fundraising campaign shortly before Thanksgiving, and before Christmas break provided 100 students at Shelby High's elementary feeder schools with a warm coat for winter.

"I am so blessed, and when I heard about Operation Warm, I just wanted to get involved," Allen said. "Our community really stepped up, and I am so thankful for their generosity."

Allen's goal was determined by the number of students recommended by counselors at the four feeder elementary schools. The total number of students (100) produced a goal of $2,000. Allen not only reached that goal but has additional funds to be used for providing coats again next fall.

"Typically, this type of support comes from adults," added Kepner. "When Katie Allen reached out stating she was going to give 50 winter coats to students, I was very impressed. The students not only loved their coats but also got exactly what they needed. Katie has positively touched the lives of many children and is truly an exceptional young lady!"

According to their official website, Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence, and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats. A brand new coat offers a child physical and emotional warmth, the confidence to socialize and succeed, and hope of a brighter future.

"We plan to make this an annual event," Allen said. "With the support we got this year, we are already in good shape for year two."

Anyone interested in donating can make checks payable to Shelby High School or can donate online at