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Coat Drive Collects Over 100 Winter Jackets

Milwaukee Air Guardsman Tech. Sgt. Chance Biller carries bags of donated winter coats from the Fox 6 Milwaukee studio to a Salvation Army van Friday, 10 Dec. 2010.

Biller had organized a winter coat collection drive at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, dubbed “OPERATION: Winter Warmth,” to coincide with Fox 6 Milwaukee Meteorologist Vince Condella’s “Coats for Kids.”

Biller estimated that the 128th Airmen donated over 100 coats during his month-long collection drive.

The coat drive is one of many charitable efforts undertaken by the Airmen of the 128th Air Refueling Wing.  Other such efforts include Habitat for Humanity, the Hunger Task Force and the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Milwaukee Air Guardsman Tech. Sgt. Chance Biller carries bags of donated winter coats from the Fox 6 Milwaukee studio to a Salvation Army van Friday, 10 Dec. 2010. Biller had organized a winter coat collection drive at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, dubbed “OPERATION: Winter Warmth,” to coincide with Fox 6 Milwaukee Meteorologist Vince Condella’s “Coats for Kids.” Biller estimated that the 128th Airmen donated over 100 coats during his month-long collection drive. The coat drive is one of many charitable efforts undertaken by the Airmen of the 128th Air Refueling Wing. Other such efforts include Habitat for Humanity, the Hunger Task Force and the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan T. Wallin / Released

Milwaukee Air Guardsman Tech. Sgt. Chance Biller is interviewed by Fox 6 Milwaukee Meteorologist Vince Condella Friday, 10 Dec. 2010.

Biller and Condella teamed up to collect winter coats to donate to the Salvation Army.

Milwaukee Air Guardsman Tech. Sgt. Chance Biller is interviewed by Fox 6 Milwaukee Meteorologist Vince Condella Friday, 10 Dec. 2010. Biller and Condella teamed up to collect winter coats to donate to the Salvation Army. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan T. Wallin / Released

Tech. Sgt. Chance Biller gives an interview to Fox 6 Milwaukee about his winter coat collection drive, “OPERATION: Winter Warmth,” Friday, 10 Dec. 2010.

“Winter Warmth,” now in its second year, collected over 100 winter coats for the Milwaukee-area Salvation Army.

Tech. Sgt. Chance Biller gives an interview to Fox 6 Milwaukee about his winter coat collection drive, “OPERATION: Winter Warmth,” Friday, 10 Dec. 2010. “Winter Warmth,” now in its second year, collected over 100 winter coats for the Milwaukee-area Salvation Army. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan T. Wallin / Released

Tech. Sgt. Urbano Rivera (center) relays bags of donated winter coats from Biller (left) to Salvation Army Manager Ray Aten  (right) Friday, 10 Dec. 2010.

Biller and Fox 6 Milwaukee Meteorologist Vince Condella together donated nearly 300 winter coats to the Milwaukee-area Salvation Army.

Tech. Sgt. Urbano Rivera (center) relays bags of donated winter coats from Biller (left) to Salvation Army Manager Ray Aten (right) Friday, 10 Dec. 2010. Biller and Fox 6 Milwaukee Meteorologist Vince Condella together donated nearly 300 winter coats to the Milwaukee-area Salvation Army. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan T. Wallin / Released

MILWAUKEE -- Tech. Sgt. Chance Biller, an air cargo specialist with the 128th Air Refueling Wing's small air terminal, teamed up with Fox 6 News' Chief Meteorologist Vince Condella to collect winter coats during 2010's Operation Winter Warmth.

Condella's own program, Coats for Kids, is now in its 26th year. Coats for Kids collects winter coats and warm weather gear for the Salvation Army.

Biller, who used to go door-to-door with his brother collecting coats, approached Condella about a similar coat drive effort conducted solely at the 128 ARW.

"[Condella] was on board, he said 'absolutely,' he was completely on board," said Biller.

Now in its second year, Operation Winter Warmth ran from November to December at the wing and generated approximately 100 donated coats.