It’s Hot Out, but Beatrice Firefighters Getting Jump on Winter Help For Kids

BEATRICE – It may be the middle of a hot summer, but members of the Local Firefighters Union Chapter 1098 are already looking toward helping children who may need warm clothing, this winter.

Firefighter Jeff Hays says Operation Warm has been undertaken by the firefighters before…and this year, the goal is to provide 150 new coats, along with hats, stocking caps or mittens to needy children.  Fundraising for this year’s project will be getting underway soon.

:19                  “45 hundred dollars”

The donations will go for purchase of new coats, which cost around $25 each.

:34                  “really cold”

There are eighteen members of the local firefighter’s union and Hayes says they’ll be volunteering to help with the project.  A fundraiser will be coming up on Friday August 24th for Operation Warm, at Tall Tree Tastings downtown.

:12                  “money, too”

In the course of their duties, firefighters come in contact with families that can use a little help, providing warm winter clothing for their children.

:08                  “that help”

Operation Warm has an internet address, and the Firefighters Local has a Facebook page that provides information on the project.  Hays says the program focuses on the Beatrice area but may be able to benefit children in other areas of Gage county, as well.  The winter weather clothing will go to children in grades kindergarten through fifth.

Persons wanting to make an early donation can contact Jeff Hays, at the Beatrice Fire and Rescue Department.  Coats will likely be ordered around the first of September.  Hays says he’ll be working with local schools to help distribute the coats and will be able to distribute them at the Beatrice Fire Department.

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