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Cardinal Health and Operation Warm to provide coats and shoes to children in need

Columbus, Ohio (September 13, 2022) – Cardinal Health announced that it is partnering with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit that provides brand-new coats and shoes to families in need, to host two events today, September 13, to give new coats and shoes to 350 children in the Columbus area.

The Cardinal Health Foundation has purchased the coats and shoes from Operation Warm, which will be given to children on a first-come-first-serve basis at two branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

With the cost of school supplies and children’s necessities on the rise, according to the latest annual back-to-school survey from Deloitte, Cardinal Health and Operation Warm are helping to ease some of the financial burdens of low-income families. The goal of the event is to ensure that underserved children are prepared for the winter months.

“Studies show that inclement weather can reduce school attendance and children’s ability to succeed,” said Jessie Cannon, vice president of Community Relations at Cardinal Health. “Every child should be warm and confident as they bundle up for school; they should never have to miss a day because they don’t have coats or shoes to protect them from the cold. By partnering with Operation Warm, we’re taking a step toward creating a community where all children have the opportunity to thrive.”

The events will be hosted at libraries in two Columbus neighborhoods where children’s needs for winter clothing are high:

  • Linden Branch
    2223 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
    3 – 5 p.m., September 13
  • Hilltop Branch
    511 S. Hague Ave., Columbus, OH, 43204
    3 – 5 p.m., September 13

Volunteers from two of Cardinal Health’s employee resource groups (ERGs), BOLD, the ERG for Black and African American employees and allies, and ¡HOLA!, the ERG for Latinx and Hispanic employees and allies, will be on hand to distribute the coats and shoes to children.

About Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health is a distributor of pharmaceuticals, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data solutions for health care facilities. With 50 years in business, operations in more than 30 countries and approximately 46,500 employees globally, Cardinal Health is essential to care. Information about Cardinal Health is available at

About Operation Warm:

Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that manufactures brand-new, high-quality coats and shoes for children in need. The organization partners with compassionate individuals, community organizations and corporations across North America to connect underserved children to the community resoures they need to thrive. To make a lasting impact on the lives of children, visit

Operation Warm media contact:
David Reyes, 302-588-9569 

Cardinal Health media contact:
Erich Timmerman

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