The Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity gave an official donation to the Durham Professional Firefighters Association’s (PFA) program Operation Warm last Saturday, Oct. 22. Durham PFA Vice President Dave Blatchford said that his organization just placed an order with $800 worth of coats.
The operation referenced in the title of the program is a national objective to clothe children who cannot afford warm winter coats. The unisex, made-in-America jackets accommodate children in the first through eighth grade with sizes ranging from four to 18. SAE raised the money from a tournament against Pi Kappa Epsilon earlier this year.
“It was great experience,” SAE Risk Manager Brad Minuskin said. “We just ran a spike ball tournament on our front lawn and all the proceeds went to Operation Warm. We got 50-60 teams to come and it was a great turnout.”
Each team paid a $10 entry fee.
Blatchford said that the Durham PFA acts as the bank account of Operation Warm, meaning that they raise the money with the Madbury and Lee Fire Departments as well.
“We can’t thank them [SAE] enough,” Blatchford said. “We wanted them [SAE] to get some PR to show that they’re doing good things.”