Dallas Firefighters Warm the Hearts of Students
The Dallas Firefighters, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 58, provided brand-new, American-made winter coats to more than 600 Dallas ISD students as part of Operation Warm, a national non-profit dedicated to warming the hearts, minds and bodies of children in need.
Students at Martin Weiss Elementary School were all smiles as firefighters personally fitted each child with a new coat, and helped them write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You.” The Dallas Firefighters raised nearly $16,000 to provide coats to 606 children at Weiss.
This is the first year Dallas Firefighters joined forces with Operation Warm to launch the program, Firefighters Coats for Kids. This collaborative, community-based program has impact far beyond Texas. Firefighters across the USA & Canada are bringing this program to the communities they serve.
Through this unprecedented partnership, fire fighters are distributing coats made and sourced 100 percent in the USA. As the first known coat production to be brought back to the USA, Firefighters Coats for Kids will provide 30,000 children with American-made winter coats, supporting more than 200 jobs.
“This is so much more than a coat,” said Mike McLemore, IAFF Local 58 firefighter. “Beyond warmth and dignity for children, American coat production targets a root cause of poverty for so many families.”
“A special thank you is extended to the Dallas Fire and Rescue for such a generous donation. Your volunteerism means so much to the school and me,” said Principal Deardra Hayes-Whigham. “My students were so grateful! They showed the utmost gratitude and appreciation for the coats.”
The Dallas Firefighters have already received support from the community, including a donation from the Brinker Foundation and countless individual donors.