School collects hundreds of coats for students after Channel 9 report airs

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

After Channel 9 reported on the number of elementary students in Orange County lacking appropriate cold-weather clothing, a lot of people came forward to help out.

Fern Creek Elementary School Principal Patrick Galatowitsch told Channel 9 that he was concerned for many of his 350 students, as cold weather moved into the area.

"Oftentimes when you move from place to place as a family, it's difficult to haul everything with you. Often clothing gets left behind," said Galatowitsch. "I'm concerned our kids won't have warm enough clothes to keep them warm and safe over the break."

After the story aired Wednesday afternoon, Galatowitsch said his school received 400 coats.

He said they collected enough coats to share with Phyllis Wheatley and Orange Center elementary schools.

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