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Nampa Fire Department Gives New Coats to Kids in Need

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Nampa Fire Department Gives New Coats to Kids in Need

By Jake Melder. CREATED Oct 30, 2013

Coat weather is here, but for some children in the treasure valley, warm clothing is a luxury.

Enter Nampa firefighters, who spent the morning cloaking some kids in need with brand new coats.

An early start to the season of giving as one hundred underprivileged kids who attend Nampa school got their new coats.

"I feel very thankful,” said Randy Gonzales, a student at Endeavor Elementary. “I know that they are trying to help us all for kids who don't have that much money."

The nampa Fire Department visited five schools in nampa, handing out coats as part of Operation Warm.

Fire departments across the nation take donations to purchase 30,000 new coats to give to children whose families are struggling.

"When we're not working we like to find a way to give back and this just seemed like a great program,” said Jason Knopp of Nampa FD, who organized the event. “It's a great cause so our local decided to jump on board with them and so it's a good way to give back."

The fire department partnered with Title One to raise money for the coats.

"We were happy and honored to be asked and wanted to participate and join in this great project," said Abby Black of Title One

The firefighters fitted twenty children from each school for their coats, then marked their names inside.

"It felt awesome,” said Gonzales. “It felt like I was very thankful for having a coat."

This highlights a greater need in Canyon County. In the Nampa School District, more than thirty percent of kids live in poverty and almost seven hundred are homeless.

"The schools we chose are anywhere from about 45 to 66 percent of the kids in these schools are living in poverty,” said Knopp. “And so that was kind of our criteria for picking these schools - just to know that we're giving back to the right places."

Those who received a special gift of warmth say it best.

"Thank you guys for providing us with all these jackets and coats,” Gonzales said to the firefighters. “And I hope you help more than just one school, I hope you help thousands and more."

The Nampa school district is having another coat giveaway on November 9th at Hampton Hall, 607 14th Avenue North from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.