NY Firefighters Hand Out Nearly 200 Winter Coats

Nov. 7, 2022
Syracuse Firefighters IAFF Local 280 partnered with Operation Warm to provide hats and coats to families that can't afford them.

Firefighters with the Syracuse Fire Department stopped by McKinley-Brighton Elementary School on Monday morning to make sure kids have the winter gear they need to stay warm.        

Having a warm winter hat and coat is a necessity many of us don’t think twice about, but for some families, a winter coat and hat are something they can’t afford.

“Everybody knows in Syracuse there’s a need with cold weather. It’s one thing that will always come,” Robert Brandt, Syracuse Firefighter IAFF Local 280 told Localsyr.com.

Syracuse Firefighters IAFF Local 280 are working to change that, by partnering with Operation Warm, a national non-profit whose mission is to help children who are in need.

“Each kid will get to come down and pick a coat of their liking based on color, size things like that. They also pick a winter hat that may match the coat or another color that they might like,” Brandt said.

Nearly 200 kids went home with their new winter hat and coat.       

“This is an awesome, awesome program and we’re very blessed to have them come to our school today to give out coats and hats,” School Principal Eric Patterson told reporters.

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