For the second year in a row, firefighters in Lowell, MA will be distributing several hundred free coats to those in need on Saturday, October 23, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Firefighters are inviting anyone from Lowell who is in need of a coat to keep them warm this coming winter to stop by the JFK Civic Center fire station downtown later this month. In addition to the coats, coffee, bagels, sandwiches, water, and even clothing and blankets will be available to those in need. The fire station is located at 99 Moody Street, behind the Pollard Memorial Library.
Firefighters have been collecting coats year-round for several years now. Last year they were able to distribute about 700 coats to citizens in need.
This year, Lowell Catholic High School students helped out with the coat drive. Firefighter Larry Finn offered $50 to the student who made the most donations. The firefighters refer to their coat drive as “Coats from Ann Above,” in honor of Finn’s later mother, Ann.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the program can drop off a coat anytime at the Civic Center fire station. “All the firemen know we do this and we have a little storage area that the chief lets me use,” Finn told the Lowell Sun.