Amazon helps elementary school students stay warm

Retailer fitted Andrew Robinson Elementery students with new coats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Students and teachers at an elementary school in Springfield got early Christmas gifts Wednesday. News4Jax was at Andrew Robinson Elementary School for the warm welcome. 

When stepping outside, many Floridians probably have similar thoughts as third-grader Deetrell Bryd -- "It feels like the snow is going to come."

Andrew Robinson Elementary School principal Latrese Fann said some kids at her school don’t have jackets. 

"Watching the students come off the bus, many of them showed up with no coat and it's cold," Fann said.

Retail giant Amazon heard about the needs of Fann’s students and teachers and stepped in to help by donating $15,000. 

Delivering smiles and dressed in Santa hats, the crew fit every student with a new jacket. Even jolly ol’ St. Nick made an appearance. 

"The pockets -- when it's cold outside, you can put your hands inside them, so you won't be cold," Deetrell said. 

Fifth-grader Jamaria Johnson said she was shocked to see the Amazon crew. 

"When I came out here and saw these people, I was like, 'Wow,’” Jamaria said. “This was very nice of them to come out and bring coats for us."

The teachers weren't left out. They received new school supplies, such as markers, pencils and paper.