Firefighters from the Wentzville Fire Protection District (WFPD) and employees of the Wentzville School District (WSD) distributed hundreds of coats to kids in need at an event held at Wentzville Fire Station #1 on Saturday, October 22.
WFPD firefighters partnered with Operation Warm and the Wentzville School District for the fourth consecutive year to supply more than 580 brand new coats to elementary students identified by school district counselors. The coats were purchased by the firefighters mainly with proceeds from their Trivia Night event held October 1.
“This is a tremendous program and we are extremely grateful to all of the firefighters for their fundraising efforts and those who support this endeavor for our students,” said WSD Director of Community Relations Mary LaPak. “Wentzville firefighters work very hard to make a difference in the lives of our students and WSD families are certainly appreciative of their efforts.”
Operation Warm and the Coats for Kids Foundation were founded in 1998 on a national level to assist local organizations with providing quality, American-made coats to kids in need.
“We look forward to this program every year,” said WFPD Captain Nick Box. “We are very passionate about helping the community any way that we can and providing warm winter coats is one way we love to help.”
Over the past four years, the WFPD has supplied over 1,500 coats for WSD students through Operation Warm.