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Duluth Firefighters Launch Coat Fundraiser

Updated: 08/27/2014 10:46 PM
Created: 08/27/2014 4:22 PM WDIO.com

Duluth firefighters are launching a new effort to keep kids warm this winter.

It's called "Operation Warm."  Firefighters Local 101 will hold several events over the next few months to raise money to buy new jackets for kids in need.  Kids Closet of Duluth will help distribute the coats in November.

Organizer Jonathan Otis said they launched with a goal of buying several hundred jackets, but have already found the need is much greater.

"In speaking with Superintendent [Bill] Gronseth and the folks here at the Kids Closet, we've found that the need is much greater than that, that they go through over 1,000 jackets in a year, or during a school year, so our goal is to serve 300 kids this year.  If we can raise more money we can obviously buy more jackets," Otis said.

"As firefighters, we see kids all in time that are in need and it's a way for us to help these kids get to school, get the education they need to better our community.  It all comes down to collaborating to make Duluth better," he said.

Firefighters will be collecting donations at the Bayfront Harvest Festival and Bridge Festival on Sept. 6.  They plan to hold a downtown campout in early October to collect donations, and tickets to a fundraiser on Oct. 27 at Bent Paddle Brewery will also raise money.

Donations can be made online at www.operationwarm.org/duluth.

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