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Avondale Elementary School Students Will Stay Warm This Winter Thanks to Operation Warm

Avondale students get new coats September 26, 2019 -- Students at Avondale Elementary School are ready for the winter styled with brand new coats.

“I think I am speaking on behalf of Avondale when I say, thank you Operation Warm,” said fifth grader, Tayline Johnson.

A big thank you to Operation Warm for fitting more than 300 students with coats. With a rainbow of colors to chose from, students got the chance to pick out their own.

Fifth grader Tayline Johnson says these coats will help Avondale families and take the stress out of staying warm in the winter.

“It’s so exciting because that way my mom doesn’t have to spend money, plus for the Avondale students gets new coats families that don’t have money for coats this is very generous of them,” said an excited Tayline, dressed in a brand new purple coat. 

Other students like Troy Davis said he knows one thing is certain with these new coats.

“We won’t be cold in the winter,” said Troy in his brand new blue coat.

“There is are thousands of families in Columbus that live with an income of $25,000 or less and a family of four. We saw the need and instantly wanted to help,” said Cornell Bradberry, with Operation Warm. 

Avondale students get new coats Cornell says this is the fifth year the organization has partnered with Columbus City Schools and has seen the program grow. 

First Lady of Ohio, Fran DeWine was here to help students find coats to stay warm in the winter and not freeze while waiting at the bus stop.

“One little boy, one of the special needs children picked out his coat and he was so happy he hugged me and he said, ‘I like you.’ It meant so much that it really made him feel good.  So he liked me, that was fun,” said the First Lady. 

“This is one of the most rewarding things you can do is put a smile on a child’s face, we are excited about it,” Cornell says.