Operation Warm Hearts

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I was at a local craft fair last Saturday and spotted a very interesting stand for an organization called Operation Warm Hearts.  According to their mission statement, their mission is to nurture the spirit with caring and kindness, and provide warmth through clothing to our local community.

Think one person can’t make a difference?  Operation Warm Hearts began in December 2014 by just one person, Emily Gochenaur.  She was determined to make a difference for the needy in South-central Pennsylvania.

Her enthusiasm was contagious, and soon family and friends joined her mission, knitting, crocheting and donating supplies.

In 2015, Operation Warm Hearts held their first Knit-a-Thon to encourage others to join in their efforts.  This event resulted in 40 items available to warm up our neighbors.

In 2016 Operation Warm Hearts was featured in Harrisburg Magazine, and they were able to donate almost 300 hats, scarves and gloves that year.
2017 surpassed all previous years in growth and volume. Their previous goal of 300 knitted items for the year was SMASHED by March.  That year, they were able to distribute over 1,900 items!
All their donations remain in the Central PA Region.  At this time, they have partered with the Silence of Mary Home in Dauphin County, www.silenceofmary.org/.  In Cumberland County they work with Carlisle C.A.R.E.S, www.carlislecares.org/.  And in York County, they will be working with LifePath Christian Ministries, www.Lifepathyork.org.  They will be designating two additional ministries to receive their donations in the near future.

There are many, many ways you can help out this organization, all from the comfort of your own home.  You can knit or crochet for them, either the traditional way, or using the “looms” which are available in stores.  You can donate supplies, thick yarn (Hometown USA), or large ziploc bags (1, 2 or 10 gallon XL bags, 2 yard size fleece fabric or the pre-cut kits, packing tape or paper case boxes or larger boxes.  And, monetary donations are always welcome..  Operation Warm Hearts is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.  You can donate through PayPal or send a contribution directly to them at We look forward to growing our community connections, and continuing to spread the warmth all across Central Pennsylvania!  Donations of items can be sent to Emily Gochenaur, Operation Warm Hearts, 514 Elmwood Ave, Mechanicsburg PA 17055.  Cash donations can be sent to their address, or via their web

site, using credit cards or PayPal.  If you need knitting lessons or lessons in making the no-sew blankets, they will teach you.
If you would like more information regarding this organization and the good they do, you can visit them at www.operationwarmhearts.org, or email them at opwarmhearts@gmail.com.
Operation Warm Hearts will be celebrating their third anniversary on Saturday, November from 11 am – 3 pm at the Trindle Springs Lutheran Church, 14 State Road, Mechanicsburg PA 17050.  Come see what they are all about.
Till the next time,

“We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.”    Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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