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'Operation Warm' donates new coats to local kids

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kentwood firefighters are spreading the warmth with a coat drive for underprivileged children.

Firefighters provided brand-new winter coats to over 30 children in the Kentwood Public Schools on Wednesday.

It's all a part of Operation Warm, a national non-profit dedicated to warming the hearts, minds and bodies of children in need.

"With our poverty levels reaching 62%, our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one," said Kurt Nuffer, Local 3174. "By nature of our service to the community, we're able to see the harsh effects poverty has on these children first hand."

Operation Warm has manufactured 90,000 coats, all American-made. Since 1998, the program has reached more than 1.2 million children, nationwide.