Philly first responders deliver some early Christmas presents to students in need

Paul Kurtz
December 23, 2018 - 4:00 am

Paul Kurtz/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Students at one Frankford elementary school received some much-needed early Christmas presents last Thursday, just in time for winter.

“Santa is the best,” said 6-year-old Cara Gonzalez.

Cara was overjoyed as she and dozens of other first graders picked through a pile of colorful coats at John Marshal Elementary School.

"I have a pink, glittery coat, she said excitedly. “It's super pretty and glittery, super glittery, and pink is my favorite color!"

The coats were courtesy of the Firefighters and Medics Union Local 22 and Operation Warm, a national initiative that provides winter coats for kids in need. 

Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says they outfitted more than 400 children this year.

"The kids love this, we love it, we love doin' it for the kids and working with them and helping them try the coats and pick the different types of coats," he explained.

For many of the students the new coats are a major upgrade from what they've been wearing.

Reporter: What was your old coat like?

“It was so cold and I was really cold inside of it,” Cara added. “This one is amazing and it doesn't have any holes in it like my other one."