MONESSEN, Pa. (KDKA) — Nearly 400 brand new coats were distributed to children in Westmoreland County on Thursday.

Diversified Energy donated coats to students at Monessen Elementary Center in partnership with the non-profit organization Operation Warm.

“Kids and parents don’t have to worry about providing coats, we want to do it for them. We want them to focus on their education,” said Jason Mounts, chief operating officer of Diversified Energy.

Over the past 23 years, Operation Warmth has helped more than 4.5 million children. More than 4,000 students will receive new coats as part of the initiative this fall, with several more gift-giving events.

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