This past Saturday, Wentzville Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2665 distributed 474 brand-new coats to children in need.
The event, which was held at the firehouse on West Pearce Boulevard in Wentzville, was funded through a trivia night that raised more than $15,000. The coats were purchased through Operation Warm and the Coats for Kids Foundation.
The firefighters worked with counselors in the Wentzville School District to identify children in need. Any children who were unable to attend the event will still receive their coats, as unclaimed coats will be taken to the school counselors for distribution, said Mary LaPak, district Director of Community Relations.
This is the third year for the event.