October 31, 2013– On Friday November 1st, Moore Firefighters, IAFF Local 2047, in partnership with Operation Warm will provide brand-new winter coats to 500 children whose families were directly impacted by the tornados that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma in May 2013. Children from both Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary will receive brand new winter coats. Operation Warm is a national non-profit dedicated to warming the hearts, minds and bodies of children in need. The collaborative, community-based program has impact far beyond Moore. Firefighters across the USA & Canada are bringing this program to the communities they protect. Firefighters Coats for Kids: A movement led by professional firefighters to combat the effects of childhood poverty.
“The devastation from the May tornados continues to plague not only the families who were directly affected, but also our community at large,” stated Brian Foughty, Local 2047 President. “By nature of our service to the community, we see how this devastation has affected these families, and especially these children who find comfort and security in routine. With their schools gone, they have had so much to deal with.” Arriving in fire trucks, Moore Firefighters will surprise students at make-shift locations where their schools were leveled by the devastating tornadoes of last spring. Firefighters will personally fit each child with a new coat, helping them to write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Especially for You.”
The coats, made especially for this nation-wide program, have been ordered in just the right size so that children may enjoy a bright, new coat that was made with American pride. In year one of American manufacturing, Firefighters Coats for Kids will provide 30,000 children with American-made winter coats. The first known production to be brought back to the USA, the unique program has supported over 200 jobs for Americans. “This is so much more than a coat,” added Ronnie Rawson, Moore Firefighter. “Beyond warmth and dignity for children, American coat production is helping put Americans back to work. There’s nothing more important.”
The special new coat celebration is the culmination of many generous hearts who have come together to help a community in need, and led by Moore Firefighters to warm the hearts of local children.
Media is welcome to attend.
Plaza Tower Elementary
400 N. Broadway Moore, Oklahoma 73160
Friday November 2, 9:30 am
Operation Warm Teams with the International Association of Firefighters to provide More than a Coat
Operation Warm is dedicated to providing new winter coats to U.S. children in need and has reached more than 1.2 million children since 1998. The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) is comprised of 300,000 professional fire fighters who are dedicated to serving their communities beyond the traditional call of duty. In 2012, the IAFF joined Operation Warm in their fight against poverty, forming a localized program, Firefighters Coats for Kids, which provides children of economically struggling families with a sense of dignity and hope through the gift of a brand-new, American-made winter coat.