Holyoke children receive winter coats through “Operation Warm”

Operation Warm was founded in 1998

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke firefighters donated 100 coats to children in Holyoke Tuesday evening.

It’s all part of Operation Warm, a national nonprofit organization that has provided winter coats to more than 2.5 million children in need.

Children were able to pick out a new winter coat at the Holyoke YMCA through the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts and Operation Warm the two organizations partnered up to bring more than 900 coats to kids across the state.

Gabriel Maldonado told 22News, “I think it’s definitely phenomenal for them because it’s been a very cold winter. I could see how grateful they are and it’s just a phenomenal thing that the YMCA and the Holyoke Fire Department can partner together.”

Operation Warm and the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts have also provided coats to kids in Agawam, Easthampton, and Springfield.