Columbia Gas donates coats to local children in need


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the fourth consecutive year, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is donating coats to local children in need as a part of Operation Warm.

More than 500 new coats will be distributed in communities across the state including Springfield, Longmeadow, and Agawam.

On Tuesday, it was the preschoolers at Springfield Partners for Community Action’s turn to be surprised with brand new coats. Columbia Gas spokesperson Sheila Doiron told 22News it’s their favorite event of the year.

“It’s a great time, it’s a great kickoff to the holiday season of giving, plus today we’re going to see some snow flurries so what a perfect day to give new coats to kids,” Doiron said. “And sometimes this is the first new coat they’ve ever received and we write their name in it.”

New Beginnings Early Education & Care Center Director Tabitha Desplaines said the kids were very happy to get their brand new coats.

“Getting a brand new coat, you know, hand me downs are nice, but brand new coats are awesome and the kids are really excited,” she said. “They loved getting to pick out their own color and get the hat they wanted and they were really happy.”

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