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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 8:52 p.m.

Students complete acts of kindness

Fifth- and sixth-graders at Boyce Middle School in the Upper St. Clair School District marked “Random Act of Kindness” week with several projects.

Students were challenged to do at least one kind act for a classmate, staff member and the community.

Students collected more than 200 winter clothing items to donate to South Hills Interfaith Ministry for families in need; held a schoolwide Thanksgiving food drive to make meals to deliver to families in the South Hills; and donated Halloween candy to send to military members overseas.

On Tuesday, the students heard Chrissy Haley, wife of Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, discuss her experience working on a home-makeover project in Kansas City, according to sixth-grade counselor Amy Antonio.

Students receive new winter coats

About 450 students from Washington Park Primary School in Washington received new winter coats from Washington International Association of FireFighters Local 2218.

The members visited the school on Tuesday to deliver the coats. The firefighters were participating in the program for the first time, according to Local 2218 President John Riley.

“It was a wonderful event. Everyone was thrilled. We hope to make this an annual event,” he said.

The distribution is part of the nonprofit Operation Warm's Firefighters Coats for Kids Foundation.

Stephanie Cohen, divisional president for Operation Warm, said the parent organization distributes about 200,000 coats in 37 states with a budget of $11 million in monetary and in-kind donations.

Donors include EQT Corp. in Pittsburgh. Ellen Donley, EQT community relations and event manager, said EQT Foundation donated money to purchase 750 coats, including those distributed in Washington, Pa. She said EQT has participated in Operation Warm for five years in southwestern Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Operation Warm attempts to keep its coat donations in local communities. Besides Washington, Pa., firefighters donated about 1,000 coats in Pittsburgh, Cohen said.

Toy donations sought for families in need

The nonprofit Who's Your Brother is collecting new, unwrapped toys for distribution to area families in need this holiday season.

Dropoff locations have been set up in Pittsburgh neighborhoods and in several municipalities in Allegheny County. Details about locations, and the organization can be found at

A Holiday Toy Drive Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Churchill Country Club, 800 Beulah Road, Churchill.

Tickets are $25, or $150 for a table of eight. Call Debi Arnet at 412-519-6848 or the Who's Your Brother office at 412-328-2301. Toys and cash donations will be taken at the dinner.

A wrapping party will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main St., Lawrenceville. Donations of wrapping paper, tape and ribbon are being sought, and party attendees are asked to bring the items with them.

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