Wichita firefighters give out coats to students ahead of the cold

By Tiffany Lane
KSN – October 30, 2018


As temperatures begin to drop, more people will pull out their winter coats.

But for some families, it’s more of a challenge being able to afford clothes to keep warm.

Those who protect and serve the community, helped ease some that burden for local kids Monday afternoon.

For the third year in a row, Wichita firefighters, in partnership with Operation Warm, are handing out brand new coats to children from low income families.

Their goal is to provide warmth, confidence and hope.

There were a lot of smiles at Colvin Elementary Monday, as students were given the winter essentials.

“It’s getting kind of wintery out,” said Christopher, a student at Colvin Elementary. “It’s almost like Christmas. So, I think that that’s a very thankful thing that they do.”

One by one the kids lined up to get the right size.

“I haven’t gotten a coat from the firemen before and it made me really happy,” said Colvin student Lakeya.

“It has pretty colors and it looks pretty cool,” said Nevaeh, a Colvin Elementary student.

For students like Lakeya, having Wichita firefighters provide new coats meant more than just adding a new item to her wardrobe.

“We would have had to buy them ourselves and we didn’t really have enough money for that,” she said.

“We leave that to the school counselors on how many coats they need and they go through and they pick the kids that are in need of coats,” said Matt Schulte, president of the Wichita Firefighters Charitable Fund.

This year they’re giving out more than 250 coats.

“If kids are sick and miss school you know, they’re not learning, they’re not progressing,” said Schulte. “And, this is a way to keep them healthy.”

After the kids received their coats, and got their names added on to make it official, they were able to show them off in front of the fire truck.

“I think I will be a firefighter when I grow up,” said Christopher.

The goal is to double the amount of coats given away every year.

They are purchased through donations and fundraisers.

Tuesday, they will be giving out coats to students who qualify at Jefferson Elementary.


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