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Firefighters Deliver Coats for Children in Need

Members of the St. Joseph Firefighters Local 77 partnered with Operation Warm and AFL-CIO to hand out coats to children in need on Monday.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Members of the St. Joseph Firefighters Local 77 partnered with Operation Warm and AFL-CIO to hand out coats to children in need on Monday.

"The little citizens needed coats," Local 77 President Jim Haenni said. "We're going to get them coats."

AFL-CIO provided names of children in need of them.

"Usually, we're kind of winding down by now but we are more than happy to keep going if it means we can do something like this," AFL-CIO's Nichi Yeager said.

Local 77 was only able to raise enough money for 30 children, but hope to do more in the future.

The event is the first coat drive that the firefighters have done.

"I'm really hoping that they can grow this program over the years and we can partner with them so we can help out that many more folks," Yeager said.

AFL-CIO just finished their Adopt-A-Family program, which provided clothes and toys for needy families during Christmas.

Yeager said many families requested coats, but not all of them were able to get them.

This coat drive fills some of this gap.

For Haenni, it's just a part of his job.

"We want to help you medically, we want to save your house and we definitely want to help the kids,"
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