Lowell firefighters collecting coats for kids in need

Burger and a beer on tap for anyone delivering a coat

Coats from Ann Above and Lowell firefighters gave out over 700 coats last year at their annual giveaway at the Lowell Fire Department on Moody Street. Retired Lowell firefighters Larry Finn, at right, stands with two temporarily homeless people as they picked up coats. Firefighters are collecting gently used coats againt his year, and Finn will be buying burgers and beer for those who drop off coats at Cobblestones downtown during several events this month. (SUN file photo/Julia Malakie)

LOWELL — Lowell firefighters working with the nonprofit Coats from Ann Above are back in action, once again offering a burger and a beer to anyone who brings them a gently used winter coat at Cobblestones restaurant on several evenings this month.

Retired Firefighter Larry Finn said the group will buy a bite and a beer for those who deliver a coat to the downtown restaurant next Wednesday, Sept. 23, or Sept. 24 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Firefighters have collected the coats for years now, distributing them once a year in a giveaway at the Moody Street fire station, and also collecting donations to buy new coats for needy children identified by Lowell Public Schools. They gave away more than 700 coats last year just before winter arrived.

This year they’re asking residents to be extra giving, since it’s likely to be an extra difficult winter with the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding.

While the Wednesday night events are straight foward, the Sept. 24 event will pit Cobblestones against another downtown establishment, the Blue Shamrock & Gemstones, as coats are collected in both locations in a friendly competition. That too will be from 7 to 10 p.m.

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