MIAMI – Warm coats can be as nice as a warm hug, and the thought of a child going without a winter coat is unacceptable to Miami firefighters and members of the Red Hatters Oklahoma Delightful Dizzy Dames. Together for the past months the two groups have been collecting donated coats for Miami elementary children.

The coats were collected at the North Miami Fire Station. Red Hatters JoAnn Anderson and Brenda Redden of Miami organized the coat drive and enlisted the help of MFD's Administrative Assistant Amy Bass and the Miami firefighters.

This week the firefighters were delivering the 150 coats collected in the drive for children in need to Miami schools for distribution.

As several firefighters headed out to begin delivering the donated coats to children at the elementary schools, the station's administrative assistant, Amy Bass, offered words of gratitude on behalf of them all.

"We would like to extend special thanks to J-M Farms for their generous donation this year," Bass saod. "Also, big thanks to our community for all of their help and continued support. We could not have done this without them."

Miami's firefighters jumped on board the coat collection project and were happy to help with the much needed coat drive for Miami children.

“I talked to Chief Robert Wright, and he said 'yeah, let's do it!'” Bass said