Students at Fratt Elementary School will stay warm this winter thanks to the Racine Fire Department continued involvement in Operation Warm, Coats for Kids Foundation.

Firefighters on Friday delivered a winter coat to every Fratt student, surprising them on the eve of cold conditions after weeks of summer-like temperatures.

“This is our fourth year teaming up with Operation Warm to bring coats to the kids who need it most in Racine Unified,” firefighter Jose Carbajal told the school district. “It is great to see their faces light up when we walk into the classroom and tell them these coats are for them to keep. We always wish we could do more.”

RFD uses money raised through fundraising to purchase the coats, including a generous donation from the Racine Firefighters Charities this year and a grant from WE Energies.

Operation Warm was founded in December 1998 in Pennsylvania after Rotary Club member Dick Sanford saw a group of children without coats huddled against the cold.

While the coats for Fratt are a wonderful gift, Carbajal wishes RFD could do more.

“We always wish we could do more,” he added. “But, we’ll be back next year with more coats for students in need.”

All photos courtesy of Racine Unified School District.