Kids receive coats from Operation Warm

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Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald North Elementary students gave Moses Lake firefighters a thank-you handshake after receiving coats through Operation Warm, sponsored by the firefighters' benevolent foundation.

MOSES LAKE — Some students at four Moses Lake elementary schools got brand-new coats Wednesday morning with the help of the Moses Lake Fire Department. Firefighters spent part of a day off distributing coats through Operation Warm.

Firefighter and Operation Warm organizer Jason Koziol said coats were distributed to children from North, Larson Heights, Peninsula and Knolls Vista elementaries. “One hundred brand-new coats,” he said.

Firefighters raised the money with a golf tournament, benefiting the benevolent fund of Local No. 1258.

One by one qualifying kids at North Elementary checked in, and one by one they got a new coat and one by one they thanked the firefighters and shook hands. (“Shake and take,” principal Kelly Frederick reminded them - shake hands with the firefighters, and take the coat.) Frederick wrote each kid’s name in the new coat.

This is the fifth coat distribution through Operation Warm, Koziol said. The benevolent fund also supports a Christmas toy drive, donations to other Moses Lake charitable organization, and a fund to support the families of firefighters injured or killed on the job.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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