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Free Coats Given To Needy Boston-Area Children

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BOSTON (CBS) – The City Mission Society will be giving away 2,000 new coats to needy children in the Boston area this winter.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

CMS kicked off its coat giveaway with an event in Dorchester this weekend.

Many of the 400 students at the Russell Elementary School were smiling ear to ear as they sported their brand new winter coats.

“I feel excited because I’m getting a good coat,” said one girl.

The coats were donated by BJ’s and funded through a grant from Citizens Bank.

City Mission Society board chairman Brandon Grimmett said keeping kids warm in the winter is one of their top priorities.

“If you have to worry about the basics, I don’t know how you can learn and how you can really go from there. We’re taking care of that need for the children for the families,” said Grimmett.

One mother said she’s been struggling to make ends meet and getting a helping hand to keep her family warm this winter is a huge relief.

“It’s hard to support all these kids, especially when you have seven kids, and it means a lot to me that they were able to give free clothes,” said the mother.

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