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Area kids are in need of warm coats, hats and gloves, and the Salvation Army has run out of items already donated. In a press release issued Thursday, Maj. Ken Nicolai said 225 needed coats is the current count, but he expects that number to rise. “School caseworkers have been calling and requesting hundreds of coats for kids that they verified are without proper winter wear over the last week,” Nicolai wrote. “We need as many good usable coats and gloves for school aged children as we can get. The current need is 225 coats and we expect more schools to be calling.” Racine Unified spokesperson Stacy Tapp confirmed with Racine County Eye that the District is aware of the situation and is working with the Salvation Army to get the word out. The Salvation Army completed its annual coat drive, and distributed some 400 coats to needy families. Donated items should be clean, without tears and usable with working zippers and buttons. Coats can be dropped off at the Salvation Army, 1901 Washington Avenue, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the back office doors. Call (262) 880-6497.

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