HOOKSETT, New Hampshire – Nearly 80 children from low-income families will be outfitted with brand-new USA made winter coats thanks to Hooksett Permanent Firefighters. Firefighters have partnered with Operation Warm, a national, non-profit organization that has provided new coats to 1.5 million children in need. Firefighters fundraise in order to personally fit each child, help select their favorite color, and write their name in the interior tag of their new coat, which reads, “Made Just for You.”
The coat celebration is scheduled for Saturday, November 22nd at The Hooksett Fire Station #1. Firefighters worked closely with the Hooksett family services department to select children qualifying for support programs such as free and reduced meals. “A new coat allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities like food and shelter,” explained Michael Benoit of the Hooksett Firefighters Local #3264, “our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one.”
Thanks to support from many local businesses, firefighters will provide new coats for nearly 80 children. “As firefighters, we go into homes and witness the living conditions faced by low-income kids,” explains Benoit, “this is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children.”
Operation Warm has brought 20% of its manufacturing back to the USA, an effort which supports over 200, fair paying jobs. Coats distributed by firefighters in Hooksett will be 100% American-made. “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.”
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.
Media is welcome to attend.
Hooksett Fire Department
Station #1, 1 Riverside Street
Hooksett, NH 03106
Saturday November 22nd 10am-1PM
For More Information: Firefighters for Operation Warm