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Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Portland Firefighters help give new coats to needy children
By Isaac McLennan, Portland Firefighters Association
3:11 PM PST, January 15, 2014

Twenty members of the Portland Firefighters Association participated in our first Firefighters Coats for Kids program. We helped distribute 230 new coats to children in need at Sacajawea Head Start in NE Portland. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) partnered with Operation Warm and created the program now known as Firefighters Coats for Kids. This program purchases coats that are made in the USA. With funding from Tripwire, Inc. and help from Portland Public Schools we were able to help keep these children warm and dry this winter. A big thank you to the Tripwire volunteers and Sacajawea Head Start faculty members of for helping to make this event a big success. We'd also like to recognize our members who volunteered their time off-duty and individually attended to each child to make sure they got the coat size and color that fit them best. Firefighters then wrote the children's name in their coat so they would know it was theirs to keep.

Thank you PFFA Members: Web Slavens, Mark Tilden, Nate Hall, Ryan Evans, Rich Neighorn, Brady Donahue, Mark Held, Mike Schultz, Greg Espinosa, Jason Lehman, Isaac McLennan, Chris Fukai, Time O'Donnell, Scott Berni, Ritch Espin, Kerry Kilner, Bill Schimel, Aaron Waldier, Elliot Dasler and Greg Rose

KGW Channel 8's News Story on the Event

Please enjoy the slide show below of our Firefighters Coats for Kids Event on December 19th, 2013.

 

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