Thousands of coats donated for annual "Share the Warmth" drive

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - As the temperatures dip, the Salvation Army and Scotch Cleaners are making sure everyone stays warm this holiday season.

Nearly 5,600 coats were donated for this year's Share the Warmth Coat Drive — but volunteers say it's about so much more than the coats.

"The reaction on peoples' faces, the young children, it's almost like a Christmas gift," Heath Seitz, a volunteer with the Salvation Army, said. "Just a great experience for them, as well as us."

This year's drive marks the 33rd edition of the annual event.

"To be able to share something with somebody that is in need, that doesn't have the ability to get that coat, is a blessing to us as well," Seitz said.