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Hundreds of kids getting free coats

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Hundreds of area kids will be able to keep warm this winter.  It's thanks to "Operation Warm," a program where the Waterloo Downtown and Crossroads Rotary Clubs are donating nearly 500 winter coats to kids in need.  Wednesday morning, Rotary Club members handed out coats, gloves and hats to students at Cunningham Elementary in Waterloo.  The donations are possible thanks to more than $8,000 in donations from people across the state.

"Any time you can make a difference in a youngster's life, you never know what kind of change that may make in his whole life.  So that's important to us," said Steve Thorpe, Waterloo Rotary Club member.

In the coming days, coats will also be given to students at Dunkerton and Sacred Heart Elementary schools.  And you can still help with this project.  New or gently used coats can be donated to the Waterloo Community Schools at the Education Service Center, 1516 Washington Street.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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