'Operation Warm' brings some heat to Philly with free coats for kids

Antionette Lee
December 16, 2018 - 11:24 am

Antionette Lee / KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hundreds of students in North Philadelphia got an early - and very warm - Christmas gift just in time for the winter season. 

Santa Claus paid an early visit to hundreds of Alliance for Progress Charter School students at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center on Cecil B. Moore Avenue where they lined up to handpick the perfect coat. 

Zenayah, 12, opted for a black coat. It's one of her favorite colors.

"It's a huge thing for people like me because some people out there doesn't have jackets. For me to pick my own size and my own color, it just makes me feel great and feel good about myself," she told KYW Newsradio.

Some others were a little indecisive with the array of colors to choose from.

"Uh, blue?, " contemplated another student.

Thankfully, each of the students had volunteers from TD Bank to help them try on and choose the right winter accessory. Antiona McRae, a bank employee, made sure she was there to support students on her day off.

"So that they can see like a role model, they can see someone that's doing something good and on their same level they can relate to them a little bit," she said.

'Operation Warm' provides warmth, confidence, and hope to children in need through the gift of a brand new winter coat. To learn more, click here.