Peoria Elementary School students get free winter coat from Operation Warm

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AURORA, Colo. -- Tuesday was a special day at an Aurora school as a nonprofit stepped up to make sure the kids are prepared for winter.

"It's really important for us here to give them that stability in the classroom," fifth-grade teacher Lindsey Oster said. “We get a lot of really hard stories to deal with.”

While numbers don't always tell the story, 90 percent of the kids at Peoria Elementary School are on free and reduced lunch.

It's a statistic that caught the eye of Operation Warm, a nonprofit organization.

Because of the need at Peoria, every student at the school received a free winter coat on Tuesday.

“I don't have like a big coat like this," one student said.

“Just the amount of kids that come without coats on those really cold days, I mean it’s a huge amount," Oster said.

The coats are new and they're needed.

"I would feel cold with the coats that I have now," a student said.

Operation Warm has plans to give out about 5,000 coats to children in need in the Denver area.

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