Firefighters from the Wentzville Fire Protection District and employees of the Wentzville School District distributed more than 560 brand-new coats to kids in need at an event held at Wentzville’s new Fire Station #1 on Saturday, November 11.
“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 school district Chief Communications Officer Mary LaPak.
“Wentzville firefighters work very hard to make a difference in the lives of our students and families, which helps to strengthen and unite our growing community.”
The coats were purchased by the firefighters mainly with proceeds from their Trivia Night event held in September. 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 Wentzville Fire 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 five years, the fire district has supplied over 2,200 coats for Wentzville School District students through Operation Warm.