Milwaukee Firefighters Give Coats to Kids


1,000 School Children in Great Need Receive New Winter Coats on behalf of Milwaukee Firefighters, Launching the Firefighters Coats for Kids Foundation in Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday November 19th, the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association will provide 1,000 Milwaukee school children with brand-new winter coats through their partnership with Firefighters Coats for Kids Foundation, a division of national non-profit, Operation Warm. “This is an emergency, just without the 911 call,” stated Dave Seager, IAFF Local 215 Union President. “Nearly two thirds of Milwaukee children qualify for free or reduced lunch and may be receiving their only hot, nutritional meal at school. This is more than warmth and more than a coat. This is a vehicle for education and to get to school.”

Operation Warm is the largest non-profit distributor of new winter coats in the U.S. and has recently garnered the support of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) who encourages their members to participate with the Firefighters Coats for Kids Foundation. “Community outreach is a part of our job as firefighters and the need in our community is huge,” stated Lieutenant John Litchford, Local 215. “We’re thrilled to reach 1,000 children in year one, but our goal is to reach every child attending Milwaukee Public Schools who may benefit.”

The Milwaukee Professional Firefighters are proving new coats for every child attending Riley and Kluge Elementary Schools. The coats, made by Operation Warm, come in a variety of styles and colors so that children can enjoy a unique coat. On Monday, firefighters will pay a visit to each classroom, delivering the new coats in person and helping the children to write their names in the interior tag which reads, “Made Especially for You.”

Children will receive their new coats just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, which Milwaukee Professional Firefighters hope will bring a bit of added joy to 1,000 local families. “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.”

Milwaukee Firefighters Coats for Kids:

Media welcome at Kluge Elementary at 1pm

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