Tuesday 20 Aug 2019

GFD Provides Coats For Kids In Need

Responding to an immediate need, Goldsboro Fire Chief Joe Dixon is working with colleagues in the fire service to help some of the city’s youngest citizens.

After a conversation with Fairfax VA Fire and Rescue Fire Chief, John Butler, Chief Dixon was immediately placed in touch with the President of a non-profit 501©3 organization with a proven track record of helping underprivileged children. Under the direction of President Willie Bailey, Firefighters and Friends 2 the Rescue has provided thousands of kids in areas in and around Fairfax with school supplies, clothes, and haircuts.

The GFD is looking to duplicate this successful model as we partner with Operation Warm and Carver Heights Elementary School.

Operation Warm is a 501©3 that has worked with organizations across North America to provided nearly three million coats to children in need since 1998. A shipment of dozens of coats has arrived at the Goldsboro Fire headquarters and will be transported to Carver Heights Elementary for distribution.

Chief Dixon said, “Goldsboro Fire Department will continue to seek ways to support and embrace our community. Responses to emergencies are only a small part of our daily mission. We want our actions to show that we care. Many Thanks to Fairfax Fire and Rescue and especially Chief Bailey for his time and effort with this coat drive. His story was inspiring.”

More information on the programs can be found at:

Goldsboro Fire Chief Joe Dixon inspects the shipment of coats that will be delivered to students at Carver Heights Elementary.


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