Tomorrow, December 12th, the Lincoln Firefighter’s Union will be making a $1,000 donation to the families of 2 Everett Elementary students as a bonus to their Operation Warm program in which Firefighters buy brand new, American made, winter coats for impoverished children.
Last month, the Union went to Everett and Huntington Elementary schools and gave every student a new coat. During their fundraising, one member of the Lincoln Firefighter’s Union decided that he wanted to go one step further in helping these families. Knowing that all of the children had already received a coat, he requested to make an anonymous donation to the program that would be paid directly to the families who would most benefit from it. Union officials then worked with school administrators to identify the families. The unnamed Firefighter said "I want to be able to make a difference in someone’s life every day. This is just one way that I can give back to the community and give a boost to someone who needs it more than I do. And right before Christmas is the perfect time for a gift like this."
The Firefighter’s Union has already started fundraising for Operation Warm 2018 with 2 events in the works. They will be featured on January 27th at the Lincoln Stars game when they face off against Omaha. Firefighters will be on hand accepting donations through their "fill-the-boot" style campaign during the game. There is also a Trivia Night being planned in the spring, at the Lincoln Firefighters Reception Hall, that will be open to the public. Donations are also accepted year round through their website at http://www.iaff644.org Firefighters donated 1,000 new coats this year and hope to increase that number in 2018.
Tomorrow’s presentation will be at Fire Station 8 at 17th and Van Dorn at 8:30 am, all media are invited to attend.