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Operation Warm: Houston firefighters provide students with coats

HOUSTON – Firefighters handed out 625 coats to students at a local elementary school on Wednesday to make sure they’re warm this holiday season.

“I like it,” student Eliza Cabrera said.

“Why do you like it?” a reporter asked.

“Because purple is my favorite color,” Eliza said.

It was all part of the annual Operation Warm.

“What do you think about the coat?” the reporter asked another student.

“I like it,” student Ximena Hernandez replied.

Every year, the Houston Professional Firefighters Association Charitable Foundation picks a local school to help. This year, it chose HISD’s Whidby Elementary.

“We contact the principal and we see if there’s a need, and if there is, we make sure every child here at the school gets a coat and we ensure they get their size,” President Marty Lancton, with the HPFA, said.

The students even had the opportunity to meet firefighters and walk up close to a real firetruck.

“It’s great to see them smile. That’s what we’re here for, and it’s nice to give them something for Christmas,” firefighter Christopher Fisher said. "A lot of the people around here don’t have anything, or don’t have much, I should say, so every little bit counts.”

Every child left school with a coat.