Coats For Kids
This year will be the seventh straight year the Kitsap Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund has participated in the Coats for Kids Campaign. The Kitsap Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund raises money through ticket sales at the Firefighter Gala, donations from local Rotary’s, and donations from our members. The coats are purchased through Operation Warm. New coats are then distributed, by firefighters, to children ages four to eleven years old. The KFFBF is distributing a total of 410 new coats between three elementary schools this year. The three schools that were picked this year are Crownhill Elementary, East Port Orchard Elementary, and Armin Jahr Elementary. Our criteria for selecting the elementary schools are based on data regarding the percentage of reduced fare or free lunches. We strive to put a new coat on every child in a particular grade or class so that no children feel left out. Because we do not want a child to feel left out, we pick a class or classes that fit closely with the amount of coats we are able to provide. The last six years that we have participated in the program, we have sponsored children from Kitsap Lake Elementary, Wolfle Elementary, West Hills STEM Academy, View Ridge Elementary, Armin Jahr Elementary, Kitsap Child Care and Preschool, Naval Avenue Elementary, and KCR Head Start, ECEAP, and Woodlands Elementary. In total we have given 1,405 coats to children in Kitsap County.
St. Patty’s Day
KFFBF celebrated St.Patricks Day with its annual fundraising event. This year (2019) the Benevolent Fund participated in the Bremerton St.Patricks Day Parade and partnered with Shenanigans Pub and grill and The Cloverleaf where we sold t-shirts and pint glasses to raise money for the Benevolent Fund. Look for a similar event in March of 2020!