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Children receive coats from local firefighters

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Temperatures have started to drop and local firefighters are making sure children are staying warm.

On Friday, the Johnstown Fire Department handed out brand new coats to 156 children at East Side Elementary as part of their Operation Warm project.

The departments original goal was to raise $1,000 to buy coats.

The response they got from the community was overwhelming. Not only did they reach their goal but they also surpassed it raising nearly $5,000.

Already they are looking into next year and how they can make the program better to help more kids.

"Maybe start as soon as school starts around September, October so that way we can have the coats to the kids before the cold season starts," said Captain Mike Prebehalla from the Johnstown Fire Department. "Today we could not have picked a better day to distribute the coats with the single-digit temperature out there. These kids are going home, they have brand new coats."

Firefighters said they got the idea from other departments at a statewide convention.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times