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Nov 21, 2015 10:02 PM

Concord firefighters give some warmth back to the community

CONCORD - Kids in the community received a special something from local firefighters on Saturday.

Concord firefighters gave out free coats at the Boys and Girls Club for their second annual Operation Warm.

"All the jackets are brand new, they're all union made and it gives us an opportunity to give back to the community" said Jim Duckworth, president of the local firefighters union 1045.

Many parents were also expressed gratitude. If the winter this year is anything like last year the kids are going to need warm coats.

"It just gets really hard to buy for the kids all the time" said Sarah Jenista, a mother of three who lives in Concord. "Money is really tight for our family so to be able to come here and get the help that we need, it makes me feel really good".

The firefighters purchased over 200 jackets after raising about $6,000. Families were able to shop for different sizes and take what they need. Within the first hour over 150 coats were given away and the firefighters, they were ecstatic.

"You get a really warm feeling you know, watching a bunch of kids come in, kids that may not have the opportunity to come pick up a free coat. For them, it's like Christmas," said Jean Vaillan a recent firefighter.

"When you live on a fixed income and don't have money to really afford it, it's awesome to have the extra support" said Mary Cramer, a mother of two.

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