With donations to the red kettle down 22% so far this year, The Salvation Army wants to remind shoppers during the severe, frigid weather that they can support the red kettles from the comfort of their own homes. Continue reading “Frigid Temperatures May Have a Chilling Effect on Red Kettles”
The Chicago Bears and Jewel-Osco are once again sponsoring the Chicago Bears Coat Drive to support The Salvation Army. The press conference announcing the start of the coat drive was held today at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. The coat drive will run October 24 through January 1, 2017.
New and gently used oats 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 28th year, collects coats throughout Chicago and the suburbs for Salvation Army clients in need. Chicago winters can be miserable for everyone, but for many people they are life threatening. People who are homeless, families who can’t afford to pay their heating bills, even children just walking to school can risk getting frost bite without the proper clothing. Last year the Army distributed nearly 2,000 coats to families in need.
The Chicago Bears and Jewel-Osco are valued partners for The Salvation Army. In 27 years, the coat drive has helped distribute hundreds of thousands of coats to those in need – enough to fill Soldier Field more than two times!
WHAT TO DONATE
New and gently used coats (greatest needs – coats for children and women)
WHEN TO DONATE
Now through January 1, 2017
WHERE TO DONATE
Any Jewel-Osco location
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, 2016.
Thanks to our friends from Deloitte who came out to Chicago Temple Corps Community Center last week. They painted our kettles and kettle stands and replaced holiday signs, ensuring that everything is ready to go for our upcoming kettle season. Thanks to everyone from Deloitte who participated in this fun volunteer event!
Our thanks to OMD employees who volunteered at our Harbor Light location. They did a great job helping in the kitchen by making fruit cups and cookie bags for our bagged lunches. We are also grateful for their hard work in thoroughly cleaning the dining areas including tables, chairs and floors. The dining halls have never looked shinier! Thanks for a fantastic job!
A big thanks to Lois and her team from AT&T! These dedicated volunteers helped our Chicago Temple Community Center on a number of projects including getting our kettles, stands and signs down from storage in preparation for our upcoming holiday season. They also helped clean up the grounds, spruced up the inside of our bus and van and cleaned the gym and chapel. Their hard work was much appreciated by the officers and staff at Chicago Temple and we are so grateful for all that they did.