The Arvada Professional Firefighters Association Local 4056 handed out 100 new winter coats to students at Lawrence Elementary and Peak Expeditionary School in Arvada Monday, Oct. 15. “We started …
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The Arvada Professional Firefighters Association Local 4056 handed out 100 new winter coats to students at Lawrence Elementary and Peak Expeditionary School in Arvada Monday, Oct. 15.
“We started the foundation about a year-and-a-half ago and we wanted to come up with an idea to give back to not only firemen throughout the state of Colorado, but also to our community that we serve and protect,” said Ryan Weir, president of Arvada Professional Firefighters Association Local 4056.
The association raised money and partnered with Arvada Army Navy Surplus to purchase new Carhart winter coats for students.
“We were thrilled that they asked us,” said Kelly Swaney, assistant store manager of Arvada Army Navy Surplus. “It's just great for the community. Especially being right here in the neighborhood.”
The coats were split between the two school each receiving 50. At Lawrence, students who received coats were identified by the school.
“For the students, it's the hierarchy of needs and having that comfort and being able to stay warm and be healthy and be comfortable on the way to and from school and at recess,” said Chris Benisch, principal Lawrence Elementary. “For the parents, I think it's that extra financial support.”
Benisch said he sees this as a way the school can be a bridge for the fire department to directly reach their families.
“It allows us to be a hub for the community,” he said.
At Peak, which is formerly Pennington Elementary, the coats didn't go to individual students, rather the school will be keeping them on hand for students that need them throughout the year.
This is the first time the association has done a community outreach. In the future, Weir said, they hope to rotate and serve schools in the various areas that the fire stations serve. They are also hoping to serve the community in other ways.
“This was just one idea,” Weir said. “We're hoping to come up with more ideas next year.”
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