AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Augusta County firefighters are helping to keep kids warm this winter.

The project, called Operation Warm, gives coats to kids in need.

Augusta County Fire-Rescue is working with Augusta County Public Schools to provide 131 students between kindergarten and 12th grade with brand-new winter coats.

On Wednesday, November 28, the partners packed up the boxes and the fire fighters will deliver them to the elementary schoolers on Thursday.

"I think it's great, because we're able to give back to the community,” Greg Schacht of Augusta County Fire-Rescue said. “To be able to provide some warmth, security to a child, make them happy that they're receiving something that their family might not be able to provide for them."

"That's something that families worry about,” Miranda Ball of Augusta County Public Schools said. “It's obviously a need and we have a lot of families who are very humble, and so some ask for help. Some appreciate when the need is identified, so definitely a lot of gratitude and appreciation."

Augusta County Fire-Rescue hopes to bring Operation Warm to the valley again next year.