Clarksburg WV

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Operation Warm

 

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Although you may not encounter it, thousands of children in Harrison County struggle with poverty and lack basic needs.  Across the USA the number of children in poverty is well over 16 million, and right here in Clarksburg, over 70% of children are living in poverty by no fault of their own.

Clarksburg Firefighters, Local 89 are fighting back. Partnering with Operation Warm, they are committed to providing brand-new winter coats for children living in these unfortunate circumstances. Please join them in their fight against poverty, for more information on how you can help and/or donate please visit the following site:www.operationwarm.org/Clarksburg.  

In the fire service there are many traditions, and one of those traditions, is giving back to the very community in which they serve with pride. As firefighters, they have a unique window into the lives of those struggling in our community. They interact with citizens in the moments they struggle with fire, medical emergencies, crime, and more frequently with each day that passes, they interact with citizens as they struggle through poverty.

The living conditions in the homes of these families are nothing short of tragic. In tough neighborhoods, homes without heat, furniture, and other basic necessities are no longer shocking sites for them to see. There are local families right here in Clarksburg that are truly in dire need.

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Today, Wednesday, January 6th, Clarksburg Firefighters conducted a winter coat distribution at Adamston Grade School.  This is the second year IAFF Local 89 has partnered with Operation Warm for this endeavor.

Operation Warm is a program that provides students from low income families with a new coat.  Mark Walsh of the Clarksburg Fire Department stated, “Over the last two years we have been able to distribute more than 300 new coats to less fortunate children in our community.”  Walsh explained that they hope to provide 100 jackets to Adamston Elementary and 100 jackets to North View Elementary.  Walsh continued, “The kids change in size and unfortunately, most of the time, their household economics do not change, so every year there is a need.” 

Kelly Davisson, School Counselor for both Adamston Elementary and North View Elementary School stated, “This day provides the opportunity for the children to interact with the firefighter as special role models as well as providing them with a new coat and keeping them warm.” 

 

 

1/8/16

Clarksburg Firefighters Local Union #89 “wrap up” their Operation Warm coat drive this morning at North View Elementary School. 

58 winter coats were distributed to students at North View Elementary School Friday morning.  Earlier in the week, the firefighters handed out 95 brand new coats to children at Adamston Elementary School.

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