Firefighters Union gives warm contribution to local schools


BY BECKY GINOS

bginos@davisclipper.com

BOUNTIFUL—Children in three south Davis elementary schools won’t have to worry about being cold this winter thanks to Local Firefighters Union #5143. The group delivered 42 new coats to Washington, Adelaide and Meadowbrook elementary schools last Monday for “Operation Warm.”

“We just formed the union recently and decided to take on this project and get some donations,” said Vanessa Deem a South Davis Metro Firefighter/paramedic who volunteered to spearhead the drive. “This is a whole new thing for us. We wanted to do something for the community. There are a lot of kids in the area who don’t have enough coats.”

Deem said when the call went out everyone got on board. “Most of it came from our personal money and families,” she said. “We didn’t have enough time for a fundraiser. The coats went to the principals to use in the Teacher’s Closet. They keep them on hand for anyone who sees a kid come in without a coat or needs help.”

Although she was in charge, Deem said all of her fellow union members played a big role in the effort. “Next year we’d like to try some type of fundraising event,” she said. “We’ll be looking to find more ways to help the community in the future.”

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