In Milwaukee, 16,000 Children Receive New Warm Winter Coats

We received two special gifts today that warmed our hearts. The first is the White Helmet, an actual fire helmet given in honorific appreciation. The second was the letter than accompanied it.

Dear Operation Warm Team,

I would like to thank everyone in the Operation Warm Organization for your support. All of your continued help over the years is much appreciated. Your contribution to our Operation Warm/Warm Up Winter Program has helped to make it a success in Milwaukee.

Without the partnership between Operation Warm and the Milwaukee Fire Department, in conjunction with local 215, our program would not exist. Our partnership has made it possible for more than 16,000 children to receive new warm winter coats. Providing these new coats has made the children’s winters in Milwaukee more enjoyable. New warm winter coats for children makes attending school in winter more tolerable when the temperatures drop in Milwaukee.

In the Milwaukee Fire Department, the White Helmet represents; leadership, direction, integrity and safety. Please accept this White Helmet as a token of our gratitude. This White Helmet symbolizes our respect and appreciation toward your organization.

A special thanks goes out to Liz, for always getting the coats to Milwaukee, as well as a special thanks to Julie and Laura for always dealing with and accepting Milwaukee for who we are.


John T. Litchford
Battalion Chief
Division of Construction and Maintenance
Milwaukee Fire Department

We are overwhelmed by this honor, and thank the entire Milwaukee Fire Department for this great gift and their dedication to making a difference to the lives of children in need.

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