Greenville, PA – On Saturday November 9th, Greenville Firefighters will provide brand-new winter coats to over 50 children in Greenville in partnership with the Salvation Army of Greenville and Operation Warm, a national non-profit dedicated to warming the hearts, minds and bodies of children in need. The collaborative, community-based program has impact far beyond Greenville. Firefighters across the USA & Canada are bringing this program to the communities they protect. Firefighters Coats for Kids: A movement led by professional firefighters to combat the effects of childhood poverty.
The Salvation Army of Greenville puts on a local warmth program each year which covers hundreds of local children with coats, hats, and gloves. The need was so high this year that the local Salvation Army didn’t have the resources to cover each child in need. “When we caught wind that there would be children left out in the cold, we stepped in,” stated Greenville Firefighter Mike Cadman, Local 1976 President. “Each day on the job we see how poverty affects these children, and this couldn’t be more important.” Greenville Firefighters raised the necessary funds to cover the remaining children in need and have partnered with Operation Warm to secure brand-new winter coats. Arriving in fire trucks, Greenville Firefighters will spend Saturday at the Salvation Army in Greenville, personally fitting each child with their new coat, and helping them to write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Especially for You.”
The coats, made especially for this nation-wide program, have been ordered in just the right size so that children may enjoy a bright, new coat that was made with American pride. In year one of American manufacturing, Firefighters Coats for Kids will provide 30,000 children with American-made winter coats. The first known production to be brought back to the USA, the unique program has supported over 200 jobs for Americans. “This is so much more than a coat,” added Greenville Firefighter Dale Hightree who is administering the program . “Beyond warmth and dignity for children, American coat production targets a root cause of poverty for so many families.”
The special new coat celebration is the culmination of a community-based fundraising campaign led by Greenville Firefighters to warm the hearts of local children.
Donate to Greenville Firefighters Coats for Kids: www.operationwarm.org/greenville
Media is welcome to attend.
Salvation Army of Greenville
288 Main Street , Greenville PA 16125
Saturday Nov. 9th at 10:00 AM
Operation Warm Teams with the International Association of Firefighters to provide More than a Coat
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 (IAFF) is comprised of 300,000 professional fire fighters who are dedicated to serving their communities beyond the traditional call of duty. In 2012, the IAFF joined Operation Warm in their fight against poverty, forming a localized program, Firefighters Coats for Kids, which provides children of economically struggling families with a sense of dignity and hope through the gift of a brand-new, American-made winter coat.
www.iaff.org www.operationwarm.org www.firefighterscoatsforkids.org