Berwyn firefighters help keep students warm this winter
By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA
BERWYN – The Berwyn Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 506, provided brand-new winter coats to students at Hiawatha Elementary School on Nov. 16, made possible by a partnership with national nonprofit Operation Warm.
A total of 159 new coats, in a variety of styles and colors, were ordered especially for the children selected. Berwyn firefighters raised all necessary funds, hosting a police and fire softball tournament and selling bratwurst and potato pancakes at Berwyn’s annual Oktoberfest.
Firefighters hand-delivered the coats, personally fitting the children with their new coats and helping them to write their names in an interior tag that reads, “Made Especially for You.”
Beyond warmth, Berwyn firefighters hope the coats will boost self-esteem, keep children in school and create memories that will last much longer than the life of a coat, according to a news release from the group.
This year marked the fourth year of the program. The association picks one school each year and rotates between Berwyn North School District 98 and Berwyn South School District 100.
Since the program started, it has given more than 550 coats to Berwyn students.