MISSOULA — Kids at the Missoula Head Start Program left school on Monday all bundled up and ready for winter as they sported their new coats thanks to firefighters with the Missoula Rural Fire District.
MRFD is delivering coats as part of the Operation Warm campaign for the eighth year in a row.
The firefighters raised funds and took donations, then partnered with Operation Warm to distribute the coats to kids ages three to five.
The firefighters delivered 265 coats to those kids at Missoula Head Start on Monday, but MRFD plans to hand out even more to other schools in their coverage area.
Coats for Kids coordinator Matt Kottwitz says this is just a small way his team can go above and beyond for the community.
“It’s a good feeling knowing that we’re providing warmth for a child who otherwise wouldn’t receive a coat. From the team’s standpoint, it’s fun for us to come out and see their reaction and know that they and their friends just got new coats," Kottwitz said. "And usually, they’re going out to the playground to play, and it’s a cool event all around at each and every school.”
to learn more about Operation Warm.