With the holidays around the corner and colder winter days ahead, not every child in Georgetown has a winter coat to stay warm. Georgetown firefighters have initiated Operation Warm to help ensure that every child in Georgetown has a warm coat to wear.
The Georgetown Fire Department and the Georgetown Association of Professional Fire Fighters are sponsoring Operation Warm, which is an effort to provide coats for local children who need them. The Georgetown Boys and Girls Club has identified nearly 100 children who need warm coats. The greater need in the community exceeds that number.
How can you help? Here’s two ways:
Georgetown firefighters are selling 1,500 raffle tickets in order to purchase new winter coats for kids. Raffle tickets are $5 each. The raffle drawing to determine the winner will be on December 12, so buy your tickets by December 11.
Purchase raffle tickets at any of the five fire stations in Georgetown. To find station locations, go to fire.georgetown.org/operations/stations.
The raffle winner will receive half of the raffle proceeds, which could be as much as $3,750. The remainder of the raffle proceeds will be used to purchase new winter coats for kids in Georgetown.
After the raffle drawing on Dec. 12, the winner will be announced on the Georgetown Association of Professional Fire Fighters website at gapff.org.
Donations for Operation Warm to provide coats for kids can be made at www.operationwarm.org/Georgetown. Monetary donations to Operation Warm also can be made in-person at any of the five Georgetown fire stations. All monetary donations collected will be used to purchase coats for children in Georgetown.
“We have a saying in the fire service that ‘everyone goes home,’” says Daniel Bilbrey, a driver for the Georgetown Fire Department. “We want to make sure that every firefighter goes home to their family after each shift. This year with Operation Warm, we want to make sure that each and every kid in Georgetown will go home warm this year, and each year after that.”