OC firefighters union to hand out coats next week

From staff reports

The International Association of Firefighters Local 700 in Oil City has completed its annual Coats for Kids drive with more than $10,000 and 522 coats purchased.

Local 700 member and Coats for Kids chairman John Horn said the street collection in Oil City raised about $5,000. The rest came from individuals and area businesses, and Horn said the largest donors were A. Crivelli Auto Group, the Oil City Eagles Club and the Polish National Alliance club.

Coats will be distributed to elementary school students based on the schools’ reported needs.

Horn said coats will be handed out Monday night at Hasson Heights Elementary and Tuesday night at Seventh Street Elementary.

Franklin firefighters will distribute coats in Franklin, and any extra coats will be handed out to Cranberry and Valley Grove school districts, Horn said.

“Extra coats will be distributed to Valley Grove and Cranberry districts for them to distribute as needed.”

Persons identified to receive a coat will be notified by phone by the school districts.

The firefighters union launched its Coats for Kids drive in 2013 through Operation Warm, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit.

Horn said this year’s drive was right about even with efforts in previous years.