North Little Rock Fire Department spreads warmth to the homeless

The North Little Rock Fire Department is collecting and distributing blankets for the homeless in frigid temperatures.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — You aren't the only one fighting the cold. The North Little Rock Fire Department is staying prepared to assist you in the worst situations, one you may not be prepared for. 

They're also helping to provide warmth to those without a home this winter. 

One blanket can go a long way.

“We're always looking for community service projects and this one just seemed like a good idea, especially with the cold weather,” said Captain Michael Holly with the North Little Rock Fire Department. 

He’s training a future generation of heroes and giving back at the same time. 

Three years ago, the department created the Explorer Post.

“We're on the list to help produce a meal and feed at one of the warming shelters here,” he added. 

The group is made up of young men and women ages 14 to 20 years old, all who are interested in a Fire Service career.

Right now, close to 30 people are involved. 

“My dad has been a firefighter in Little Rock for about 20 years now. It's just something I've always grown up around,” Riley Darr said. 

With season temperatures deathly low right now, the department is hosting a blanket drive. So far they've collected nearly 500 hundred for emergency vehicles and the homeless community.

"We use them on incidents and may use it on a patient. We may use them on families that have been in a car accident where they have to exit the vehicle aren't prepared for the cold weather,” Holly said. 

Imagine having a house fire or accident without anything to keep you warm, or being homeless in single digit weather. 

"I'm sure it means a lot to them because it shows that there are people who really do care and are working to keep them safe,” said Darr. 

The group’s efforts don't stop there.

The NLR Fire Department is also partnered up with The Van, local homeless advocacy group, and provided the NLR Police Department blankets for every patrol car.

“Do what you can if you can't do much, one or two blankets is fine. If you can donate 100, that's great. We appreciate anything you could possibly do,” Darr added. 

This small step is especially important, as you never know what type of emergency situations will happen.

Contact the department for more information on which station to take your blankets.

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