Brigantine firefighters donate winter coats to schoolchildren

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On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, members of the Brigantine Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 2657, donated 350 brand-new winter coats to the Brigantine Elementary and Middle Schools, for children enrolled in those schools who were adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy after being displaced or suffering damage to their homes.

Local 2657 President Tige Platt made arrangements through the parent union International Association of Fire Fighters, which has more than 300,000 members, and their nationwide program “Coats for Kids.”

The coats will be handed over to members of the student government and the school administration, who will then distribute them to students in need. 

With winter fast approaching, and many residents being displaced or losing much of their possessions due to the storm, Platt felt that providing winter jackets to the children would help assist these kids with their healing process, and assist the families with a winter necessity.

Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey President Dominick Marino was in constant contact with Local 2657 throughout the storm and the aftermath, and in addition to providing assistance and services to the members, he was also able to help facilitate the delivery of these jackets for distribution to the children and residents of Brigantine.

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