Kingsport Firefighters Donate Coats for Operation Warm

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A few months ago, I assisted with a fundraiser at my gym, CrossFit: Shifty Powers, to raise money to purchase winter coats for children in the area. The program that our IAFF Local, Local 2270, is participating in this year is called Operation Warm. This is a program that firefighters from all around the country participate in to purchase new winter coats for children in need. During the fundraiser, we raised over $300 in just a few hours. I wrote about the fundraiser in this article:

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Since the fundraiser, our Auxiliary program has been working tirelessly to raise more fund to purchase the coats. They are currently selling t-shirts to help raise money, and the Kingsport Firefighters Association allocated funds to purchase 59 winter coats!

On Friday, a group of firefighters and the Auxiliary program gathered at the Union Hall on East Center Street to present the Big Brothers, Big Sisters with the coats. Along with each coat, the children will receive a smoke detector to be installed in their home! This is a great program that the Local 2270 hopes to expand on in the future!\


Kids in this area will be warm this winter thanks to the efforts of the Kingsport Firefighters Association.

The group partnered with Operation Warm, a national non-profit organization, to provide new winter coats to 60 youths in the area.

“This is our first year of involvement with Operation Warm. We hope to grow our donations with community and business support in the coming years to be able to help more youth in our community,” said Amanda Pitts, Coordinator of the Kingsport Firefighters Association’s Auxiliary unit.

The coats will be wrapped up in gift boxes with new smoke alarms and given out by our local Big Brothers Big Sisters at a holiday party later this month. –

Citizens can donate to help fund the program by visiting