Lubbock Firefighters Provide Coats to Guadalupe Elementary Students

300 students at Guadalupe Elementary school got brand new winter coats Thursday thanks to Lubbock firefighters.

Smiles filled the cafeteria at Guadalupe Elementary Thursday morning.

“Thank you for my coat,” 5 year old Gabriel said.

            “Our first responders see a lot of tragedy and a lot of tears and today they are seeing a lot of smiles and just happy children,” Principal Ofelia Mendez said.

             “To get to come out and see the kids smile and see the happiness you are presenting to them and the impact that it has,” Jay Watson said. “It means a lot to our guys.”

            The Lubbock Fire Department partnered with Operation Warm- Coats for Kids to give Gabriel and his 300 school mates a brand new winter coat.

            President of the Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association Jay Watson said the program started in Lubbock in 2012 but this is their first coat delivery.

            “We know during this time of the year the weather gets cold a lot of these kids don’t have a coat, a lot of them walk to school,” Watson said. “So it was a great opportunity just to reach out to the kids.”

            Eight schools in Lubbock Independent School District qualified for the program.

            Watson said they picked Guadalupe because it is one of the smaller schools and the firefighters wanted to start off easy.

            “Roughly it was $9,000 to provide coats for the kids and that was all done by Lubbock firefighters,” Watson said.

            Coats for Kids does not just help out the school-it helps out the economy.

            “These coats are 100% American made with American made products,” Watson said.

            That is something Principal Ofelia Mendez is OK with.

            She calls the program and the firefighters a blessing.

            “I don’t even know, I don’t even have the words to express how grateful,” Mendez said. “Just so excited about what they are doing for my kids.” 

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