BOISE -- Hundreds of Boise kids will keep warm this winter, thanks to the efforts of a group of firefighters.

This week, firefighters visited six Boise elementary schools, and brought with them new coats for kids in need.

Just in time for winter, the members of Boise Firefighters Local 149 raised enough money to buy more than 250 coats.

A lot of these kids may never have had a brand new coat before, said Boise firefighter Matt Lutz. I know there are kids out there that need extra help and families that need extra help especially in these difficult times.

The program is called Firefighter Coats for Kids, and is a collaboration between Operation Warm and the International Association of Firefighters.

This is the program's first year in Boise.

Different locals like Boise local 149 have fundraised through our community and 97 cents of every dollar we raised has come back in the form of coats for children, said Lutz.

All of the coats are made in America, which also helps put people to work.

The firefighters visited six different schools to deliver the coats, and of course, to show off their fire trucks.

Pretty much all of our guys here today are here on their own time because they like helping people and love helping kids, said Lutz.

To me this is a big deal, said Taft Elementary School counselor Dave Sica. It's programs like this that ensure that by the time the weather starts changing every student here is warm. Words can't really express how much we appreciate what these firefighters do.

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