Donated coats mean warmer winter for many area families

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Waiting in line for nearly four hours didn’t bother a Greenwood family in need of new coats.

Hundreds of people show up every year to get free coats at Operation Bundle Up, an event organized by United Way of Johnson County, and Terri Thorpe knew she and her adult daughters needed to get there early to pick out coats for Thorpe’s grandchildren.

This year, 266 families received 839 donated coats at the event, United Way director Nancy Plake said.

Last year, the organization gave away about 1,500 coats to 294 families.

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