Local Firefighters providing warmth to kids through ‘Operation Warm’ Oct. 30


On Thursday, Oct. 30, South King County Professional Firefighters (IAFF Local 2024) and the South King Firefighters Foundation will be providing area children brand-new winter coats through their partnership with the national non-profit, Operation Warm – Coats for Kids Foundation.

“Over 50% of children in Federal Way School District are living at or below the poverty level,” stated Captain Ryan Herrera, IAFF Local 2024 President. “We really hope to make an impact in our community.”

Operation Warm is the largest non-profit distributor of new winter coats in the U.S. and has recently been endorsed by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) to launch their new program ‘Firefighters Coats for Kids.’ This new partnership encourages IAFF members to spearhead local campaigns reaching children in the neighborhoods they serve and protect. Firefighters across the USA have joined forces with Operation Warm to keep children warm and support domestic manufacturing of 100% American-made coats. The community driven partners are committed to bringing jobs back to Americans and the impact on poverty is multi-dimensional. More winter coats for disadvantaged children equates to more jobs for unemployed Americans.

This year, the firefighters will be distributing new winter coats to 100 kindergarten students attending Wildwood Elementary, located at 2405 S. 300th Street in Federal Way. Members of IAFF Local 2024 will deliver the new coats in person, fitting each child, and helping them to write their names in the interior tag which reads, “Made Especially for You.”

Here’s a video about this fundraiser:

For more information on Operation Warm please visit, www.operationwarm.org/firefighters.

To Donate Visit: www.operationwarm.org/southkingcounty

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