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Massachusetts Firefighters to Warm the Hearts of Children with Hundreds of New Winter Coats

Massachusetts Firefighters to Warm the Hearts

of Children with Hundreds of New Winter Coats

Events in Holyoke, Lynn and New Bedford starting Friday

 

BOSTON, Mass. – This holiday season hundreds of less-fortunate children will be outfitted with brand-new winter coats thanks to the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts. The statewide union raised more than $23,000 and partnered with Operation Warm, a national, non-profit organization that has provided new coats to 1.5 million children in need. 700 children in Holyoke, Lynn and New Bedford will receive brand new USA-made coats and be able to select their favorite color, and write their name on the interior tag of the new coat, which reads, “Made Just for You.”

 

MEDIA INVITED TO COAT DROP-OFF EVENTS

 

Friday, Dec. 19, 2:30pm

Benefits: Gregg House

Where: Gregg House (106 Broad Street, Lynn MA 01902)

Who: Lynn and area firefighters, children who will receive coats, organization officials

Highlights: firefighters will unload the coats from fire truck, children will be able to try on coats and choose color

 

Monday, Dec. 22, 11am

Benefits: New Bedford School District and Boys and Girls Club

Where: Hayden McFadden Elementary School (361 Cedar Grove St, New Bedford, MA 02746)

Who: School and Boys and Girls Club officials, New Bedford and area firefighters

Highlights: coats will be unloaded by firefighters on fire truck

 

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 4:30pm

Benefits: Holyoke Boys and Girls Club

Where: Holyoke Boys and Girls Club (70 Nick Cosmos Way, Holyoke, MA 01040)

Who: Holyoke and area firefighters, children who will receive coats, organization officials

Highlights: coats will arrive via fire truck and be unloaded by firefighters, children will be able to try on coats and choose color

 

“Every day we respond to calls and meet children living without basic necessities like food and clothes,” said Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts. “All of our 209 locals already play a large role in the community they serve but this holiday season we decided to make a difference as an organization. Locals across the state helped to raise more than $23,000 in less than two months. In a profession often met with heartache and tragedy being able to give 700 children the gift of warmth is the best gift of all.”

 

Coats distributed by firefighters in Massachusetts will be 100% American-made. Operation Warm has brought 20% of its manufacturing back to the USA, an effort which supports over 200, fair paying jobs. “This is so much more than a coat,” said Rich Lalley, Executive Director of Operation Warm. “Beyond warmth and dignity for children, producing coats in the USA puts Americans back to work and back on their feet.”

 

About the PFFM

The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts represent more than 12,000 career firefighters across the state from 209 locals. More information can be found at www.pffm.org.

 

About Operation Warm

In 2012 Operation Warm and the International Association of Firefighters launched a partnership that spans the US and Canada. Working together for two years, IAFF Firefighters have served over 50,000 less-fortunate children in 39 states.

 

DONATE: www.operationwarm.org/massachusetts 

 

 

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