This distribution event is the culmination of the firefighter’s fundraising efforts since June. The Racine Firefighters have raised nearly $4,000 to provide coats to 120 children at Knapp Elementary where nearly 80% of students live at or below 130% of the federal poverty level. Teachers have helped the firefighters identify those children who would most benefit from the special gift. The coats, manufactured especially by Operation Warm, have been ordered in just the right size and in a variety of colors so that the children may enjoy a unique coat that fits properly. “By nature of our service to the community, we see how poverty affects these children,” stated Carbajal. “Keeping them warm and safe throughout the winter is the least we can do.”
Firefighters surprised the students Thursday morning with their new coats, personally fitting each child, and helping them to write their names in the interior tag, which reads, “Made Just for You.” “This is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children,” stated Carey Palmquist, Executive Director of Operation Warm. “A new coat boosts a child’s self-esteem and allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities, such as food and shelter.”
Operation Warm is dedicated to providing new winter coats to U.S. children in need and has reached more than 1.2 million children since 1998. The International Association of Firefighters represents over 300,000 professional fire fighters who are dedicated to serving their communities beyond the traditional call of duty. In 2012 Operation Warm joined together with the IAFF to form a widespread, high-impact program called Firefighters Coats for Kids. The collaboration of these two organizations deepens the reach and support of our efforts, as fire fighters protecting communities across the USA have become the face of this mission and the catalyst for a multi-dimensional program that not only provides coats to impoverished children but also helps Americans get back to work and out of poverty. Through this unprecedented partnership fire fighters are distributing coats made and sourced 100% in the USA. This collaboration provides relief for families who struggle to meet basic needs and to children who will now experience the joy and pride. A special thank you to Wells Brothers Pizza for their fundraising efforts in this!
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