More than 1,600 donated coats delivered to Afghan refugees

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FILE – In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, new barracks and a mess hall are under construction at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Ind. More than 6,600 Afghan refugees who began arriving at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training post nearly six weeks ago are awaiting resettlement. (Caitlin O’Hara/The Daily Journal via AP, File)

EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — More than 1,600 coats donated by the Salvation Army have been delivered to Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana as part of the effort to provide warm clothing and other essential items to Afghan refugees.

Soldiers from the Indiana National Guard collected and delivered the coats Friday from an armory designated as a collection site for donations to Operation Allies Welcome, the name of the evacuee mission.

Several thousand evacuees remain housed temporarily at Camp Atterbury, about 25 miles south of Indianapolis,. Nearly half of them are children age 14 or younger.

The donated coats were collected as part of The Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids campaign.

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