City of Fairfax Professional Firefighters & Paramedics Local 2702 Warm the Hearts of Underpriviledged Children with New Winter Coats
Updated On: Jan 29, 2015
City of Fairfax Firefighters Local 2702 Warm the Hearts of Underprivileged Children with New Winter Coats
The City of Fairfax Firefighters, IAFF Local 2702, the City of Fairfax Fire Department and the City of Fairfax School Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan, teamed up to provide brand-new winter coats to over 50 children at Daniels Run and Providence elementary schools in partnership with 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 the City of Fairfax. Firefighters across the USA & Canada are bringing this program to the communities they protect. Firefighters for Operation Warm: A movement led by professional firefighters to combat the effects of childhood poverty.
“With our poverty levels increasing, our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one,” stated David Busch, Vice President, Local 2702. “By nature of our service to the community, we’re able to see the harsh effects poverty has on these children first hand.” City of Fairfax Firefighters will go to each school to help personally fit each child with a new coat, and helping them to write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You.” With monetary support from the community, the firefighters are able to give the gift of warmth to these children right before the harsh winter weather.
Specifically for the Firefighters program, Operation Warm has manufactured 90,000 100% American-made coats, supporting over 200 jobs. As the first known coat production to be brought back to the USA, the children will receive bright, new coats made with American pride. “This is so much more than a coat,” said Walter English, President, Local 2702. “Beyond warmth and dignity for children, American coat production targets a root cause of poverty for so many families.”
“This is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children,” stated Rich Lalley, 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.”