On Wednesday, Clarksburg firefighters from the The International Association of Fire Fighters Local Union #89 hosted a winter coat distribution at Adamston Grade School in Clarksburg for children in preschool through fifth grade. The firefighters handed out 95 brand new coats to local students in need. This is the second year in a row that the firefighters have partnered with Operation Warm. Over 300 new coats have been distributed to children in the community through the initiative.

“This year there are supposed to be roughly 60,000 American-made coats distributed in the United States to elementary age school kids. Here in Clarksburg we are going to distribute about 200,” said Mark Walsh, President of the IAFF Local Union #89.

The firefighters wrote the name of each child inside the new winter coat on a tag that says “Made just for you!”

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Raising funds to purchase the coats is truly a community effort. “We do a campaign where we solicit local businesses,” said Walsh. “The Dominion Foundation has been very generous the last few years. This year they donated $5,000 to help cover the cost of the coats.”

The local firefighters union has 42 active members along with 35 retired-active members. The next coat distribution event will be held at North View Elementary School.

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Operation Warm’s mission is to provide brand new coats to children living in need across North America – positively impacting their school attendance, self-esteem, and overall health & well-being. All the coats distributed during Operation Warm are “Union-Made in the USA”.

If you would like to make a financial donation to support this initiative, please visit: www.operationwarm.org/Clarksburg

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To learn more about Operation Warm, please visit: http://www.firefightersow.org