MISSOULA – The Missoula Rural Fire District is teaming up with Operation Warm for the fifth straight year to provide coats for kids.
The first event of the season was held on Tuesday at Missoula Head Start. It’s is also the biggest distribution of the season as 250 coats were handed out to area school children.
The coats, which range in cost from $18 to $32, come from community donations.
The combined and coordinated effort from the firefighters and the schools ensures those students most in need receive the coats,
“We set up, I kind of coordinate the events with the schools. We get the kids sized up for the appropriate coats and then we order the coats, and we bring them to the school wherever the event is.” MRFD firefighter Max Kottwitz said.
He told MTN News they have about 200 more coats to deliver. Donations are still being accepted online.