LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Coats for kids.
Firefighters have donated part of their paychecks to help raise money so children could receive the gift of warmth this holiday season.
Stephens Elementary School in Little Rock received brand-new winter coats through Operation Warm, courtesy of Little Rock firefighters and Entergy Arkansas.
Joe Cuffel, IAFF Local 34 Vice President says Stephens Elementary was picked for Operation Warm based on the percentage of children receiving free and reduced lunches.
“It’s our way to giving back to the community,” says Cuffel. “These kids are our future and we get that – which is why he steps in to help.”
Firefighters gave part of their paycheck to help fund part of this project.
Throughout the year through payroll deductions, the firefighters take out anywhere from $5, $10, or even $20 dollars of a paycheck for this cause.
“It’s a little we can do,” says Cuffel. “There is no pressure, some give more, some give what they can.”
Along with a grant from Entergy Arkansas, the firefighters union get the new coats from Operation Warm.
“These are brand-new American made winter coats,” explains Cuffel. “This isn’t a coat drive, but a gift of a new coat for many of these kids that have never received a new coat.”
This is the 4th consecutive year the Little Rock Firefighters and Entergy have partnered with Operation Warm.
Operation Warm is a national non-profit dedicated to providing warmth, confidence and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats, according to their website.