Firefighters Deliver Coats to FHSD Students in Need

Posted on 11/14/2018
Harvest Ridge students stand with firefighters at Operation Warm

Operation Warm at CastlioMore than 400 children in the Francis Howell School District will be warm this winter thanks to the efforts of the Cottleville Firefighters Outreach. Students at elementary schools across the District recently received brand-new coats as part of Operation Warm, a nonprofit focused on ensuring kids have a winter coat, helping to improve school attendance and overall wellness.

Operation Warm at Central“We love doing this because we want to help our community and we love to see the smiles on kids’ faces when they get a new coat and they know they’re going to be warm this year,” said Cottleville Firefighters Outreach Executive Director Garrett Ryan. “We love giving them someone to look up to, and know that there are people out there that are trying to help them and will always be looking out for them.”

Operation Warm at FairmountFHSD teachers and counselors helped identify the students in need, who were then able to pick out the warm, colorful coat of their choice. Firefighters made sure every coat fit every child perfectly and wrote the students’ names on the coat’s "made just for you" tag.

Students were excited not only to receive a new coat, but also to meet local firefighters. One fourth-grader said, “It makes me happy because they’re being really nice and taking time out of their day to give us coats.” Another student in third grade said, “It feels good to get a free coat, and they save people’s lives, too!”

Operation Warm at Harvest RidgeCottleville Firefighters Outreach holds a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, including the Haunted Trail, to raise funds for this program. This year, they were able to raise about $8,000 to purchase coats for kids in need. FHSD is grateful for the support of the Cottleville firefighters and all of our community partners who help provide goods and services for our students.

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