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Warm Spell Chills Coat Distribution

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DURHAM — You wouldn't know it's winter by the recent warm spell, but the cold weather could be just around the corner. And thanks to your generosity, children and adults in the Triangle will be warmer this year.

During WRAL'sCoats for the Childrendrive in December, more than 5,000 coats were collected, along with $70,000 in donations. The response from the community was tremendous. But an unseasonably warm winter has chilled the response at the distribution points.

The coats are waiting -- 1,000 of them in the basement of the DurhamSalvation Army.But where are the people who need them?

"People don't think 'It's going to be cold again on Monday,' so when it gets cold they'll be here, but right now they're not here," says Capt. Cape Grice of the Salvation Army.

The only requirement for collecting a coat is some kind of identification, like a picture ID or Social Security card, so coats aren't given out twice to the same person. Otherwise, there are no questions asked.

The Durham Salvation Army is at the corner of Alston and Liberty.