Firefighters donate jackets to kids in need
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Some kids in Ocean City are much warmer, after being given some new jackets from local first responders.
“In Worcester County 42% of our kids live in households of poverty, and so many of our kids come to school in the winter time without a coat on,” Lou Taylor, Superintendent of Ocean City Elementary School, said.
But after Tuesday, a handful of kids no longer have to go without.
“Approximately 25 for this school, but about 400 for the entire county for four schools total in Worcester County,” Sean Sullivan, a firefighter and liaison with Operation Warm, said.
The kids were each given a brand new jacket to keep as their own, just in time for some chilly temperatures. The donations came from Operation Warm, a group that aims to make sure every kid is warm and cozy this winter, and Ocean City firefighters. It was a moment that left those firefighters in awe.
“It’s such a great experience, once you do it the first time and you actually put a kid in a jacket, for some of them it’s the first time they’ve ever had a brand new coat,” Sullivan said.
“It’s definitely for the big smile, and knowing that they’re going to stay warm in the winter time and not go without,” Ryan Womer, a firefighter, said.
It was a moment for first responders to show students that they’re always available to help.
“They really care about kids, and they care about the success of our schools and the success of our kids, and today is just an example by being here and passing out coats to kids who are in need,” Taylor said.