The Woodbridge Township Professional Firefighters Association, I.A.F.F. Local 290, through the Fire Fighters Coats For Kids (FFCFK) foundation teamed up with Operation Warm, a non-profit organization committed to distributing American-made winter coats bringing warmth to impoverished children while strengthening the American workforce. Through fund raising efforts, Local 290 raised enough funds to provide some of the under privileged children living in Woodbridge Township with a new winter coat this season. “ Launched in 2012 by firefighters across the USA and Canada to inspire hope for more than 17 million children living in poverty, FFCFK brings far more than warmth to the children we serve, it instills a sense of self-worth, keeps them healthy and enables them to attend school during the coldest times of the year. Furthermore, our dedication to American-made coats allows us the opportunity to provide jobs to Americans targeting the root cause of poverty in many households.” The firefighters of Local 290 are proud to have taken part in this initiative. The Woodbridge Township Professional Firefighters Association, I.A.F.F Local 290 collected donations at the Saint James Street Fair through a social media campaign and a charity fund raiser at Rugs’ & Riffy’s located in Woodbridge. “Firefighter Ryan Horvath took the lead for this project and did a terrific job,” said Local 290 President, Keith Repace. Firefighters from Local 290 were on hand on Sunday, November 3, 2013, to distribute the coats in Woodbridge. Firefighter Horvath spoke to the families and explained that “the members of Local 290 saw the need in our community and wanted to ensure that the children have a warm coat for the winter. Without the overwhelming support from the community, this would not have been possible.” For more information, please visit www.firefighterscoatsforkids.org.