Excerpts from the ForestparkReview.com:
Operation Warm was about more than providing coats to Forest Park children who need them to brave the winter. It was also about the warm hearts of the firefighters and their families, who welcomed residents to their station last Sunday morning. They provided a veritable feast of sweets and drinks, but, more importantly, they showered the kids with attention.
The program was the brainchild of Phil Chiappetta, president of the Forest Park Firefighters Association but it was definitely a team effort. For the second year in a row, Chiappetta and other firefighters used the proceeds from their 5K race to purchase coats for local children. Last year, the fire department distributed the coats at the Community Center but Chiappetta thought it would be more personal to host the event at the firehouse.
“Each coat is made by union workers at Operation Warm in Atlanta,” Chiappetta explained. “They cost $35 apiece and we’re giving out 67 this year.”
There were 24 families selected to receive coats this year.