The winter season is fast approaching, and cold air is moving in quickly. The Altus Fire Department is asking for your support again this year by helping to supply coats for those in need through their “Coats For Kids” program.
Now in its 17th year, Coats for Kids is an annual community project that distributes warm winter coats to eligible children and teenagers in Southwest Oklahoma. Each year the Altus Fire Department reaches out to the community and local businesses for donations to support this essential program. Last year Coats for Kids was able to provide nearly 250 coats to qualifying families.
This year, the Coats for Kids program is also asking for monetary donations, as well as new coats. With monetary donations, the Fire Department is able to purchase new coats at discounted prices with the assistance of local businesses. Fire Chief Interim Kyle Davis said, “All across Jackson County there are families struggling to meet their basic needs and we want to help. Every year the Salvation Army provides us with a list of the number of new coats needed. We believe every child deserves the gift of warmth,” said Davis. “Our goal is to make sure that each child on that list receives a brand-new jacket to open Christmas morning,” he added.
The inception of Coats for Kids began with the Altus Fire Department assisting the Salvation Army with distribution of holiday gifts and food baskets. When the firefighters repeatedly heard the need for children’s coats, they quickly decided to ensure that no child would be left without the warmth of winter clothing.
If you would like to make a donation to Coats for Kids, you can stop by either the North Main Fire Station or Central Fire Station. For more information, contact the Altus Fire Department at 481-2231.