Members of the Lincoln Firefighter’s Association gathered at Elliot Elementary this morning to out coats to children in need.
Lincoln Firefighter Association member Jason Love tells KLIN News that the giveaway is part of Operation Warm.
“Operation Warm is a national charity… that we participate in and have been since 2014” says Love. “We raise money to buy new clothes for kids here in Lincoln.”
Schools qualify for the operation based on how many students at a school are enrolled in a free or reduced lunch program.
“Elliot here is 94% enrolled in those programs,” according to Love. That means around roughly 343 of Elliot Elementary’s 365 students are on some form of the lunch program.
Love says operation Warm has only grown in the years since the LFA started participating in 2014.
This year, the LFA raised around $30,000 for the project and will have handed out over 1400 coats.
“We just want to help as many kids as we can.”