Valley firefighters host coat drive for homeless children

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by Erin Kennedy

azfamily.com

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 3:20 PM

PHOENIX – Temperatures are dropping quickly in the Valley and some kids don’t have the means to bundle up and stay warm because they don’t own coats.

United Phoenix Firefighters is holding its 16th annual coat drive in front of Sandbar at Desert Ridge, located off Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard.

So far, the drive has collected about 170 coats and they hope to reach 1,000.

The group is asking for new coats to avoid the cleaning process. The coats go to homeless kids throughout the Valley who are placed in shelters.

The children will be bused to the Salvation Army off 28th and Van Buren streets Friday and will have new coats on their backs by 4 p.m. Kids get the chance to come in and pick out their coat.

“We started this 16 years ago because we were at an event with these kids and they had no coat and they were freezing to death,” said Rich Bauer of United Phoenix Firefighters. “They told us they’re the number one thing stolen by adults to sell on the streets for 50 cents on the dollar.”

The coat drive will be going on until 7 p.m. Thursday. Donators can win tickets and other giveaways.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/unitedphoenixfirefighters
 

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