A job well done

On Friday, the Nashua Firefighters Association delivered more than 150 new coats to the children of Nashua.

The firefighters made several stops, including the Arlington Street Community Center and Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School, where they fitted each individual child with a coat in their preferred size and color, distributing more than 80 coats.

“We have been flying through coats because so many of our kids need them. Many kids come from a different country and all they have are T-shirts, so it’s such a blessing to have an abundance of coats,” Dr. Crisp Elementary Homeschool and Outreach Coordinator Grace Taveres said.

Dr. Crisp teacher Eva Skardal added, “I have so many refugee kids that I teach who come to the country with clothes not suited for this weather. Coats are such a big need for our kids and this is a massive help. We really appreciate it.”

The Nashua Firefighters Association have been handing out coats for five years now, efforts which are a part of a nationwide initiative called Operation Warm. Founded in 1998, Operation Warm has gifted nearly three million new coats to children in need nationwide.

The local effort, though, fills such a need in the community. Our firefighters already do so much, and the fact they take the time to distribute these coats is a credit to them that is beyond measure.

In the five years Nashua firefighters have been a part of the initiative, they’ve delivered hundreds of coats to kids from most of the Nashua elementary schools and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua. In October, they donated 70 coats to the Arlington Street Community Center in addition to the ones they delivered Friday.

“Our local firefighters are excited to be involved this and every year. Around this time, temperatures drop very quickly and there are kids who need coats to stay warm,” association President John McAllister said. “I think it’s especially important that each kid receives their own personal coat that hasn’t been passed down by anybody. It’s great to see the smiles on their faces when they receive one that’s truly their own.”