Some children in Pocatello are feeling a lot cozier in the cold weather today.
For its fifth year, the Pocatello Firefighters Union partnered with Operation Warm to provide new coats for low-income children.
The coats went are made by Operation Warm in the U.S., and went to kids at Lincoln Head Start and at School District 25 elementary schools.
Firefighters made sure every coat fit every child perfectly, and wrote their names along with the words "made just for you" on the coat's tag.
Firefighters running the event say sometimes when they're called to a house for an emergency, they see kids outside with no coats on.
"A lot of times, as the driver...I stay out by the truck. So I tend to kind of hang out with these families a little bit while everybody else is inside the house checking for everything,” says Jason Whitcomb, a Driver/Operator for the Pocatello Fire Department, “And it's happened more than once where I've asked a kid, 'why didn't you bring a coat out?' and their response is, 'well I don't have a good coat.' And so, seeing this, it's pretty powerful how much of an impact just something like a coat can have on a child's life."
Other partners included Portneuf Auxiliary, ICCU, Sugarbugs Dental, and Citizens Community Bank.