Getting a new warm winter coat is not high on the list of priorities for the nearly one in five children living in poverty in the city of Syracuse. The Syracuse Firefighters Local 280 Union is trying to help those children by hosting a fundraiser called Operation Warm.
Operation Warm provides brand new coats to children in need across North America. The International Association of Firefighters have been partners of Operation Warm since 2012, but the Local 280 Union just starting working with them this year.
Local 280 is asking for money and not coats because they order the coats sized for the children directly from Operation Warm. Executive Board Member Maurice Gilbert said that they will go to schools and give a fire safety demonstration so that the kids get comfortable with them and then they will return to size the kids for coats. One of the locations that they are helping is at the P.E.A.C.E. Inc. Sumner Head Start Program in Syracuse.
The Union’s goal to raise $4,000 and they have already raised over $3,000. Local 280 President Paul Motondo said that $4,000 will buy roughly 150 brand new coats. In addition to the coats Motondo said that volunteers will be knitting gloves and scarves to donate to the kids to make sure they stay warm this winter.
You can find more information, leave a donation or start your own fundraiser for Operation Warm by going to giveoperationwarm.org.