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Westwood students surprised with warm winter coats

Posted: 5:04 PM, Dec 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-03 01:17:14Z

CINCINNATI -- Christmas came early for students at Westwood School who were given warm winter coats.

Students were brought in for what they thought was another standard assembly. Instead, they were surprised with coats.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, I'm getting a new coat,'" sixth-grader Deja Hudson said.

One by one, students were able to pick their favorite from among the hundreds of donated coats courtesy of Lemasters Consulting and Spring Grove Funeral Home.

The companies bought hundreds of brand new coats from Old Navy and donated them to fifth- and sixth-grade students in need at Westwood.

"To know that the city, the district, everyone cares about us, and for the students to be given something so nice as a warm coat to travel to and from school, is just tremendous," Principal Christopher Grant said.

For Deja, the coat isn't just about warmth. It's also about confidence.

"I like it because I see business ladies wearing this," she said. "It'll be perfect for me if I have to go somewhere. I'll wear this for a business occasion."

Grant said the school hopes the partnership will continue for many winters to come.

"We want the students to understand if something is given to you, you make sure you give back," he said.