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Firefighters Warm Hearts of Racine Children with New Winter Coats



RACINE, Wisconsin – On November 18th, 188 children from low-income families will be outfitted with brand-new winter coats thanks to the Racine Firefighters, Local 321. Firefighters have partnered with Operation Warm, a national, non-profit organization that has provided new coats to over 2 million children in need. Firefighters fundraise in order to personally fit each child and write their name in the interior tag of their new coat, which reads, “Made Just for You.”

The coat celebration is scheduled for November 18th at Fratt Elementary School. Firefighters worked closely with Racine Public Schools to select the school based upon its high percentages of children in need. “A new coat allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities,” explained Jose Carbajal, Racine Firefighter, “our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one.”

Thanks to tremendous support from the local community, Firefighters will provide new coats for over 188 children this year. “As firefighters, we go into homes and witness the living conditions faced by low-income kids,” says Carbajal, “this is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children.”

Specifically for the Firefighters program, Operation Warm has manufactured hundreds of thousands of 100% American-made coats since 2012. The goal of the program – help children in need receive bright, warm winter coats while supporting American jobs and the economy.

A warm coat is an essential item for all children. A brand new winter coat provides more than just warmth. It helps empower a child to have greater confidence, encourages school attendance in the winter, and contributes to their overall health during outdoor play.

You can contribute to helping children throughout Baltimore by donating to Racine Firefighters for Operation Warm at www.operationwarm.org/racine