Firefighter calendar

Benefits Kansas kids

WRITTEN BY KRISTIN BAKER

John Darling, Lawrence

John Darling, Lawrence

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.

Bryan Hall, Chanute

Bryan Hall, Chanute

“We are excited to help other people help children in their schools and communities,” she said.

One firefighter from the 2013 calendar identified 89 kids in his community who needed coats. Most of the coats are distributed at Riverwalk Church of Christ in Wichita on a special day in December, where the children can come to have breakfast, pick up a coat and meet firefighters. In 2012, Coats for Kids distributed more than 500 coats across Kansas, but people should not only purchase the calendar for the good cause; the high-quality photography of firefighters who are not only in great physical shape but who are good people will entice the eye, Nancy Peters said. In fact, firecritic.com named the 2013 Kansas Firefighters Calendar No. 9 in the world for firefighter calendars. But what truly makes the Kansas calendar special is the good cause behind it, Peters said.

“Every year presents new challenges, but we hope to keep this an annual event,” she said. “We’ve got big hearts in Kansas.”

2014 Kansas FireFighter Calendar

Comes out in mid-October | Costs $15
Available at the Kansas Firefighter Museum, Walgreen’s, the Spice Merchant, Lola Boutique, Kansasfirefightercalendar.com and other vendors

 
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