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OKLAHOMA CITY – Just in time for the cold weather ahead, children at an Oklahoma City school are receiving brand new coats.

Oklahoma City firefighters showed up with hundreds of new coats for the students at Greystone Upper Elementary School.

This is the 23rd year in a row for the firefighters’ “Coats for Kids” project.

About 450 children were able to select their favorite color of coat Monday.

The firefighters hope the coats will not only provide warmth but also boost school attendance and enhance the overall health of the children.

Phil Sipe, the president of the Oklahoma City Firefighters Association, said, “We select the schools based on the free and reduced lunch program and over 90 percent of the children here at Greystone Upper Elementary School are on the program. So there are some very needy children here. In fact, receiving a new coat today, that may be the only new thing these children get all year long.”

Firefighters say the need has increased over the last few years but they’ve managed to provide the gift, not only through generous donations from their own firefighters but also corporate sponsors.