Firefighters Distribute Coats to Kids (FOCUS-North America Distributes Sneakers for First Time)

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 14-98
Date:  October 22, 2014

Fairfax County firefighters, in cooperation with Operation Warm, FOCUS-North America, Office of Public Private Partnerships, Apple Federal Credit Union, Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, and Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics - Local 2068 will distribute new winter coats and sneakers for children through middle school age, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11 a.m., at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.

The coats were made in America and are tagged "Firefighters Coats for Kids." This is the second year made in America coats have been featured in the annual giveaway. For the first time, FOCUS-North America has partnered with FXFRD, providing over 2,400 pairs of new sneakers.

Through generous support and donations from other organizations and businesses, including: Nationwide Credit Corporation, Promax Realtors, Keith Burns Foundation, Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, SEIU VA-512, Aluminum Cans for Burned Children, and Medocracy, Inc., it is anticipated that more than 2,400 children their families will benefit. Area preschool children will also be on hand to receive new coats and sneakers from firefighters.

The department coordinates distribution with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Department of Human Resources, Department of Family Services, and local shelters hoping to reach a record number of children this year.

Operation Warm is a non-profit organization partnering with organizations in 40 states helping to provide new winter coats to children who cannot afford them. More than 100 fire departments are now participating in the annual coat giveaway throughout the country. FOCUS-North America's mission is to help and serve those less fortunate with food, shelter, and clothing.

This is the eighth year the department has sponsored this community event.

For more information, please contact Captain II Willie Bailey at 571-641-0036.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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