FREMONT – Fremont firefighters are once again helping children stay warm during the winter months.
Operation Warmth is an annual coat giveaway held by Local 1015 of the Fremont Firefighters. The Fremont Fire Department uses money donated to them in order to purchase new coats for children who need one in the community. Firefighter and paramedic Erik Peters says the department’s goal is to always see every child who needs a new winter coat receive one.
“We would like to get as many donations as possible to get a jacket to every kid in Fremont who needs one this winter,” said Peters. “Normally we’re helping about 30-40 children each year. But we know we’re not covering everybody that needs a jacket. We would like to see every kid that needs a jacket get one.”
While the coats for this year’s coat giveaway are expected to be purchased next week, Peters says people can donate to the program all year. He says they are always looking for more donations, and all anyone has to do is send or drop off their donation to the Fire Department.
“They can stop by the fire station and drop a check off to Local 1015 and in the memo write Operation Warmth,” said Peters. “They can give it to anybody in there and say it’s for Operation Warmth. Again write it in the memo. And we put those donations into the right account so all the money gets tracked and put toward purchasing coats.”
The Fremont Fire Department can be reached at (402) 727-2688. The Fire Station is located at 415 E. 16th Street.