Londonderry firefighters on mission to make sure children won’t be cold
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | August 29. 2014 6:50PM
Earlier this week, members of the Professional Firefighters of Londonderry - Local 3160 joined forces with Operation Warm, a statewide Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH) initiative providing winter coats to children in need.
“One of the most fundamental hardships of childhood poverty is the absence of a warm, winter coat,” Butler said this week. “But the citizens of Londonderry will no doubt rise to the occasion and help our children who are desperately in need.”
Program officials noted that all of the coats provided through Operation Warm are American made and are bought new.
The Operation Warm program began in 2002. These days, the program distributes coats in 49 states, donating about 300,000 coats annually, according to the organization’s website.
Working with area businesses, Londonderry firefighters are seeking children in need based on “indicators that their families are hovering at the federal poverty guidelines.”
“The firefighters and volunteers can then interact with these children and witness their unforgettable reactions,” he said.
Fire Chief Tom McPherson said community members can make donations to Operation Warm via the town website.
“It’s a great way to help kids in need, right in your own community,” he said.
For more information visit www.operationwarm.org.