Organization in desperate need of warm clothes for the homeless - KCTV5

Organization in desperate need of warm clothes for the homeless

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Normally Care of Poor People (COPP) gets enough clothes to fill a semi. This year they just have a few bags. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV) Normally Care of Poor People (COPP) gets enough clothes to fill a semi. This year they just have a few bags. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Some people take their winter coats for granted, but to Kansas city’s homeless, they can mean survival when the temperature drops.

That's why the organization Care of Poor People, or “COPP,” hosts an annual drive for warm clothes by the Scottish Rite Temple. Normally, they hand out thermal wear and coats to nearly 1,000 people in need.

“You're talking about people who live under bridges, in cardboard boxes, some of the luxuries some of us have,” said Keith Tripp with COPP.

Keith Tripp says last year COPP received enough coats to fill a tractor trailer, but this year they say they had a miscommunication with one of their donors.

“We thought we'd get the same amount as last year for this cause, but we didn't,” said Tripp.

Now, at the last minute, Tripp is trying to find more warm clothes. That’s because the event is Saturday afternoon.

“It's not about the blame,” said Tripp. “We just want people to know we need help.”

COPP says people are counting on these coats.

“This event gives people what they need,” said Tripp. “The homeless need this clothing to survive.”

The COPP Coat Drive Starts on Saturday. The organization says someone will be in the lot accepting donations all night long.

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