The Chicago Bears held a press conference yesterday to announce their annual Chicago Bears Jewel-Osco coat drive to benefit The Salvation Army. Bears Senior Equipment Manager Tony Medlin is heading up this partnership and spoke about the long-time partnership and his passion for this project. “This coat drive is important to me. Our goal is to raise 25,000 coats for families in need this year.”
Doug Cygan, President of Jewel-Osco, was also on hand to talk about the importance of the coat drive in Jewel-Osco’s mission to give back. “We’ve been involved with this since the beginning,” he said. “It is important for us to give back to our community.”
Lt. Colonel Charles Smith thanked the Bears and Jewel-Osco for their dedication to The Salvation Army’s mission to care for others and reminded the public that it is with their support that we will distribute thousands of coats to families in need during the coldest months of the year.
Bears players Zach Miller and Akiem Hicks also lent their support to the coat drive. Hicks shared his true understanding of cold Chicago winters having spent his first winter in Chicago last year. “I’m from California and didn’t really understand the winters here. Now I know what it means to be cold and want a coat.”
The coat drive will run October 24th through January 1st.
New and gently used coats can be dropped off at any Chicagoland Jewel-Osco location. Coats for children and women are in the greatest demand.
The partnership, now in its 29th year, collects coats throughout the city of Chicago and the suburbs for Salvation Army clients in need. With three decades of donations under our belts, the Bears and Jewel-Osco coat drive benefiting The Salvation Army has helped distribute hundreds of thousands of coats to those in need – enough to fill Soldier Field… twice!
WHAT TO DONATE
New and gently used coats (greatest needs – coats for children and women)
WHEN TO DONATE
Now through January 1, 2018
WHERE TO DONATE
IF YOU NEED A COAT
If you are in need of a coat, please contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center or call 773.205.3520. Coats will be available starting DECEMBER 5, 2017.