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Fill the boot and help MFD buy winter coats for MPS students

Fill the boot and help MFD buy winter coats for MPS studentsOur Milwaukee weather feels like summer will never arrive, and many of us are still wearing jackets, but the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) has winter on its mind! The MFD is embarking on its tenth year collecting funds to purchase warm winter coats for MPS students. Last year, MFD delivered about 9,000 coats to Milwaukee schools, putting smiles on the faces of students.

Fire fighters will visit busy Milwaukee street corners from June 25 to 27 so passersby can help fill the boot. All funds will purchase coats for Milwaukee children. Warm winter clothing is important for student success so children can safely get to school when the weather turns frigid.

The MFD Warm Up Winter campaign has provided about 34,000 coats since the program began in 2011. Community partners are essential to the success of the program and have included Traction Factory, the Milwaukee Admirals, Anchor Moving Systems, Merriment Social, Great Lakes Distillery, Vertical Bridge Charitable, Modern Woodmen of America, and Landmark Credit Union.

To get involved, help fill the boot when you see Milwaukee fire fighters, or make a donation at

For more information or to become an MFD partner, contact Meagan Holman at 414-687-0808 or


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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