Beloit firefighters partnered with a national group to provide more than 200 winter coats to area children.
Scott Smith, president of the Beloit Firefighters Union Local 583, said firefighters raised nearly $5,000 as part of its partnership with Operation Warm to supply low-income students at Merrill Elementary School with brand-new coats Friday.
Smith said the families of the students to receive coats were informed by phone this week of the Friday night jacket event to take place at Merrill before a movie night at the school.
The Beloit firefighters group purchased about 135 new coats with the funds they raised, and the company matched that number in additional coats, bringing the total of coats to be given to the students to about 270, Smith said Thursday. He said the program is a rewarding experience.