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Utah fire departments collecting winter clothes

Utah fire departments collecting winter clothes



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Fire departments along the Wasatch Front are teaming up to collect blankets and winter coats for Utah charities that assist the poor.

The annual "Operation Cover-Up" began Sunday and runs through Dec. 31.

Salt Lake City Fire Battalion Chief Tom Robertson started the program 14 years ago, with surplus coats, hats and other winter clothing items from his own family. The program now includes multiple department and collects hundreds of items for donation each year.

The public can help buy donating new or gently used winter wear at any local fire station. Used donations should be clean.

Donations will benefit The Road Home shelters, Christmas Box House, Shiner's Hospital, Division of Aging Services, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, and St. Vincent de Paul.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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