Phoenix firefighters hold coat drive for homeless children

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Although it's hard to believe when our temperatures hit highs of 80 daily, it does get cold in the Valley, especially if you're homeless.

That's why the Phoenix Fire fighter's Association is conducting a coat drive. For 15 years they have been collecting new coats around winter to deliver to homeless children.

This all started after a firefighter who was doing an event for homeless children noticed that none of them had coats and were freezing.

"We asked why these kids didn't have coats and we were told children's coats were stolen at homeless shelters often," said Capt. Rich Bauer.

Last year the firefighters were able to deliver 2,200 coats to children both at homeless and domestic violence shelters.

They are holding their one-day drive at the Sandbar at Desert Ridge and Tempe Marketplace. They will be collecting new coats at both locations through 7 p.m.

The new coats (they must be new) collected today will be distributed and keeping children warm tomorrow.