Girard Hometown Hero’s class project helps keep the community warm

When Jason Kay was tasked with doing a senior project, he decided to do something that would make a difference

This week's Hometown Hero is a high school senior who has gone above and beyond, turning a high school project into an event to help those in need.


GIRARD, Ohio (WYTV) – This week’s Hometown Hero is a high school senior who has gone above and beyond, turning a high school project into an event to help those in need.

Jason Kay is a senior at Girard High School.

When he was tasked with doing a senior project, he decided to do something that would make a difference, but didn’t expect that his efforts to grow into a large coat give-away event.

For the last few months, he has been working on a project called “Operation Warm The Young,” a coat drive to help children in need stay warm. He has managed to collect around 200 coats, as well as hats and scarves.

The effort has been so successful that he turned the giveaway into an event, serving pizza and providing entertainment for children.

“When we first started, we did not expect it to get this big at all, but throughout the last month, it has grown huge — more than I could ever have imagined,” Kay said.

The event even attracted sponsors.

Joe Kijowski, of Mr. Rooter, and Mark Moss, who owns the Village Banquet Center, signed on to help out, both impressed with Jason’s desire to help others in need.

“That’s the type of person that he is, and it’s exciting to see him grow up and into the gentleman that he is today,” said Moss.

Kay says he is hopeful that he will get an A on the project and has learned a valuable lesson in putting everything together.

“This is going to help me to realize to cherish everything I have and to always do my best as a person to just make somebody else’s life better,” he said.

The coat giveaway will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 3 at the Village Banquet Center in McDonald.

“Anybody who needs a coat, just come in and we will help me. Just tell us their size and we will give you hats, gloves, coats, anything that you need to keep the kids warm,” Kay said.

If you want more information, or want to get in touch with Kay to donate some coats, check out Operation Warm the Young’s Facebook page.