Firefighters from the City of Jackson and Summit Township went on a special call to Frost/Cascades Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 19 to deliver a warm surprise. Just in time for freezing cold temperatures, the firefighters gave out winter coats to 110 students in need.
Through fundraiser events and donations, the firefighters raised $3,500 to buy 180 coats to distribute to three Jackson area schools. Fundraising efforts were facilitated through their Summit/Jackson Firefighters Charity.
Principal Martin DuBois says staff at the school identified which students could benefit from receiving a coat. DuBois says the school is thankful for the help from local firefighters. “Some of our families need help with basic needs like coats, so this is awesome. Firefighters and police officers help our community greatly. We want our kids to be comfortable around them, and we want to show them that they’re here to help and they’re great people,” DuBois said.
Firefighters met with students at Frost/Cascades Elementary and helped them try on their new coats. Firefighter Tim Gonzales from the Jackson Fire Department says it was wonderful to see the smiles on kids’ faces as they put on their new coats. “This is a great way to give back to the community. We often go on calls for house fires and see kids without coats. Thanks to the support of firefighters and the community, we were able to help out this holiday season,” Gonzales said.
This is the first year Jackson area firefighters raised funds for coats. They’re also delivering coats to Townsend Elementary School and Vandercook Lake High School.