Our Mission

To nurture the spirit with caring and kindness and provide warmth through clothing to our local community. 

How we started...

Operation Warm Hearts began back in December of 2014 by Emily Gochenaur. She was a small-but-mighty team of 1 with big dreams and a 20-year plan for success.

Soon enough, family and friends began learning how to knit and donating supplies after being inspired by Emily's drive and dedication.

In 2015, Operation Warm Hearts held their first Knit-a-Thon to bring the message to the community and we began to "Spread the Warmth." We made our first donation of just over 40 knitted items. 

By 2016, Operation Warm Hearts was featured in the Harrisburg Magazine, and we were able to donate nearly 300 knitted items that year!

2017 has become a year of tremendous growth! Our goal of 300 knitted items for the year was SMASHED by March.  In 2017, thanks to our growing team of active volunteers and donors, we have collected and donated from 1,953 items! 

We look forward to growing our community connections, and continuing to spread the warmth all across Central Pennsylvania!


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