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College-bound Louisville woman hands off coat charity to siblings after 10 years

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman's mission to keep the less fortunate warm is still going strong after 10 years.

Makenzie Smith founded "Makenzie's Coat Closet" in 2006 when she was seven years old. On Thursday, she dropped off more than $9,000 worth of new coats to St. Vincent dePaul.

Over the last decade, Makenzie has collected and given out more than 40,000 coats across Kentuckiana.

Makenzie will head off to college next year and says she'll miss the people the most.

"It's so overwhelming to see that these people really have nothing," she said. "And to be able to give back to that...they don't realize how much they give back to me in return, and it's just the feelings and emotions I get from it. It's heart-touching.

Makenzie says her younger siblings will take over Makenzie's Coat Closet next year.

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