Pleasantville firefighters to give out 48 new winter coats to area children

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In a season when temperatures seem to get colder ever day, Pleasantville’s firefighting force is making sure some children stay warm this winter./Coats for Kids In a season when temperatures seem to get colder ever day, Pleasantville’s firefighting force is making sure some children stay warm this winter./Coats for Kids

PLEASANTVILLE – In a season when temperatures seem to get colder ever day, Pleasantville firefighters are making sure some children stay warm this winter.

Pleasantville Fire Department International Association of Firefighters Local 2616 will provide brand-new winter coats to 48 children 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at Stars of Love Child Care Center II, 101 W. Delilah Road, Pleasantville.

The firefighters are working in partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to warming the hearts, minds and bodies of children in need.

Operation Warm, a collaborative community-based program, has impacts far beyond Pleasantville. Firefighters across the United States and Canada are bringing a program called Firefighters Coats for Kids to the communities they protect.

It’s part of a national firefighters moment to combat the effects of childhood poverty.

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“With our poverty levels reaching new highs, our children and local community benefit from this program in more ways than one,” said Anton Brown, a member of Local 2616. “By nature of our service to the community, we’re able to see the harsh effects poverty has on these children firsthand.”

The firefighters will arrive at Stars of Love Child Care Center II, personally fitting each child with a new coat, and helping them to write their name in the interior tag, which reads, “Made Just for You.”

Specifically for the Firefighter Coats for Kids program, Operation Warm has been able to manufacture 30,000 100-percent American-made coats, supporting more than 200 jobs, according to a news release. Under the first known coat production to be brought back to the States, the children will receive bright new coats made with American pride, organizers said.

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“This is so much more than a coat,” said Brown. “This is our way of saying that we see what’s going on in our neighborhoods and we are obligated to act. A nice new personally fitted coat brings warmth and dignity to children. Not to mention, American coat production targets a root cause of poverty for so many families. An American-made coats creates and keeps jobs here in the USA”

“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

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, according to reports.

The International Association of Firefighters represents professional firefighters who are dedicated to serving their communities beyond the traditional call of duty, according to its mission statement. In 2012, the IAFF joined Operation Warm in its fight against poverty, forming a localized program, Firefighters Coats for Kids. Through this partnership, firefighters are distributing coats made and sourced 100 percent in the United States, helping Americans get back to work and out of poverty. 

Click here to donate to Pleasantville Firefighters Coats for Kids

 


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