Firefighters baring their muscles for a calendar does not automatically bring philanthropic thoughts to mind, but it should. Proceeds from the 4th annual Kansas Firefighters Calendar, sponsored by the Kansas Firefighters Museum, will go toward the Coats for Kids program - the group started to help children who could not afford a coat to stay warm in the winter.
Greg Peters, vice president of the museum board and Coats For Kids Committee member, said once the program started 4 years ago, firefighters decided it would be around for awhile. “Once we started the first distribution, we learned there were kids out there who needed our help,” he said. “It was a lot of hard work, but we didn’t want to let those kids down.”
Sedgwick County firefighter Todd Nix will be in the calendar for the third time in 2014. He said the calendar promotes fitness among his firefighter counterparts.
“We’ve had a number of people in the calendar who lost a lot of weight to try for it,” Nix said.
Nix continues to participate in the project in part because one year when he worked the coat distribution day, he encountered a child who had never had a winter coat before. “The need exists to provide winter gear for children in our state,” said Nancy Peters, who heads up the calendar effort.