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Wells Fargo Donates Hundreds Of Free Coats To Little Village Students

Wells Fargo volunteer Devi Sith (kneeling, in red) helps a student at Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Elementary School put on one of the 750 winter coats donated to kids at the school on Nov. 8, 2012. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Wells Fargo volunteer Devi Sith (kneeling, in red) helps a student at Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Elementary School put on one of the 750 winter coats donated to kids at the school on Nov. 8, 2012. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Hundreds of students at a Little Village school had big smiles on their faces on Thursday, after they all received a brand new winter coat.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports 750 winter coats were set up on tables in the gym at Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Elementary School at 3000 S. Lawndale Av. It’s a school that only has pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Wells Fargo and its employees ponied up the cash to buy coats from Carson Pirie Scott to for students like 6-year-old Alex Martinez.

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What did Alex usually wear to school in the cold before now?

“I wore my sweater … every day,” Alex said.

Wells Fargo volunteer Devi Sith could relate. She was in Alex’s place not too many years ago.

“I came here when I was about 7 years old from Cambodia, so this is an amazing feeling to see. It’s actually pretty emotional,” she said.

Assistant principal Carmen Malave said the coat giveaway brought some teachers to tears, too.

She said she has seen a great number of students over the years walking to school in the winter with just a sweater or two, because they didn’t have winter coats.

“We have so many students that come into our school that don’t have a coat…….We’re so happy to have this,” she said.