Baltimore firefighters, police help supply coats to kids in need

BALTIMORE - This week, Baltimore firefighters and police officers in conjunction with City Council and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake provided brand-new winter coats to more than 800 city school children.

The effort was part of a partnership with Operation Warm, a national non-profit dedicated to helping children in need. This is the second year Baltimore firefighters have reached out to children as part of this project.

Beyond Baltimore, firefighters across the country are stepping up to collaborate with non-profit, Operation Warm creating a localized program, Firefighters Coats for Kids: A movement led by firefighters to combat the effects of childhood poverty.

Throughout the week, firefighters and police officers will visit head start programs in each corner of the city surprising children with new coats.

The coats, made especially for this nationwide program, are 100 percent American-made.

Baltimore firefighters and police officers fundraise year-round to support the endeavor, among many other charities they elect to support.

Donate to Baltimore Firefighters Coats for Kids at www.operationwarm.org/baltimore or text WARM to 50555 to make a $10 donation off your monthly cell phone bill.

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