Coats for Kids, a youth organization, partnered with several area fire stations to provide the gift of warmth in the Silver State recently.
The Reno Airport Professional Fire Fighters, Sparks Professional Fire Fighters and Tahoe Douglas Professional Fire Fighters all delivered coats to children in need Wednesday.
The coats are a result of the Coats for Kids campaign sponsored by several organizations in N. Nevada — the campaign assists elementary school children, ages 3-12. Children selected are living in families that are economically challenged.
Tuesday, the Sparks Fire Department collected and donated 144 brand new jackets for underprivileged children. School counselors and firefighters helped size and distribute the jackets Tuesday morning at Greenbrae Elementary.
News 4 spoke with one firefighter who explains how this drive differs from the rest.
“It feels great, not only that — but a lot of them never had a brand new jacket themselves, it’s always been something donated second hand, and sometimes with those donations… you don’t know what you’re gonna get,” said Sparks Firefighter Joe Van Walraven.