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Kids and coats: Lubbock firefighters spread winter warmth

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lots of wide smiles Thursday when some Lubbock elementary school students finally got their hands on some shiny new coats.

The excitement was infectious, spreading to the faces of some of the hardest working men in town.

It's all part of the national foundation, Firefighters Coats for Kids. But this is the first time that Lubbock has jumped in to help.

Lubbock firefighters raised more than $9,000 to provide all 250 students with a brand new coat.

It's the first year for these kids and firefighters, but Lubbock Professional Firefighters President Jay Watson says it won't be their last.

"Most of the time we are called out, it's in situations that are dark times," Watson said. "Someone needs something or something bad has happened, but to come out here and see the smiles on these kids faces, it means the world to us."

The title one elementary was selected based on need and the ability for the firefighters to provide enough coats.

Guadalupe Elementary Principal Ofelia Mendez said she was overwhelmed to find out her school had been selected in early September.

"When he came and told us, we were just moved to tears. Now to see it a reality, there's no words to express." Mendez said. "We are very grateful and blessed to have these firefighters who have thought of our children."

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