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Generous Donation of Coats Given to Ohio Valley Children by United Mine Workers

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As temperatures dip below freezing, we're all trying to bundle up, but there are some who need a little extra help staying warm. A local organization is doing what they can to help out.

Some kids don't have a winter coat for the season. The program is called "Winter Warm Up for Kids" and this year, the United Mine Workers have donated more than 165 coats to local elementary schools. Ritchie Elementary School teachers said they are extremely grateful for the donation.

Mine worker John Miller said he came up with the idea from his own personal experience.

"A couple years ago I happened to see a kid walking outside that didn't have a coat on and that just  hit me and I talked to our local president and he said, "john, go ahead and do what you've want to do," said United Mine Worker John Miller.

"One of the best feelings is to not only work with organizations like this that help us, but to see the kids faces when they get this kind of help. It's really nice," said Ritchie Elementary School Guidance Counselor Kristyn Fetcko.

The United Mine Workers Local 1473 has raised money and donated more that 500 coats in the last 3 years. Boscov's Department store helped out by selling the coats and winter accessories to them this year at a reduced price.

The Winter Warm up for Kids program has donated coats and other winter clothing to 7 total elementary schools here in the Ohio Valley this year.