New Hanover County firefighters donate coats to kids

As most of us are bundled up tonight, many children in New Hanover County are without a coat. Friday, several Wilmington first responders took action to change that. It's all part of a national effort called Operation Warm.

This is the first year the county's Professional Firefighters Association participated in the operation. Several businesses donated money. In about three months, they helped raise $2,000 to buy coats for 30 girls and 30 boys at Mary C. Williams Elementary School.

Firefighter Brent Stophel says the timing could not have been better.

"It's been pretty warm the past couple weeks," he says. "We had that cold snap that started last week and it's supposed to get even colder next week, so it was definitely good timing to get these coats so we could give them out."

For their next drive, the firefighters hope to raise enough money to buy 75 coats.