Free Coats for Kids

The kids are buzzing around the house, barely able to contain their excitement for the holidays. Sledding and snowmen and snow angels abound. Adding an extra ten minutes to get ready each morning to stuff noodley arms in coat sleeves, tug on the snow pants, and finagle little fingers into mittens and gloves. These are our mainstays of winter.

But in Chicago, there are tens of thousands of children who do not have a proper winter coat. They spend our brutal winters wearing layered hoodies, a couple of sweaters or windbreakers. No hat. No gloves.  And unprepared, they make their long walk to and from school every day. There is no sledding and snowmen and snow angles in a sweatshirt.

 Coat Angels provides brand new, stylish, warm winter coats, fleece, hats and gloves to some of the neediest children in Chicago. For every coat we buy, a child will be warm. For every coat we don’t buy, a child will be cold. It is truly that simple. There is no organization that picks up where we leave off, so it is totally up to us to make it happen for these kids.

And we do mean “us”! Yes, Coat Angels is a registered 501(c)(3), but we are all volunteers. Just a group of family and friends who are trying to meet this very desperate need for some wonderfully deserving but very underprivileged kids. And we would love for you to be a part of it.

With no offices or staff, every penny of every donation goes to purchase the warm winter clothing, which our volunteers then go and personally deliver and fit on each child. And while our own kids usually find a new winter coat about as exciting as socks or underwear, the recipient children’s faces light up when they receive their bundle of new winter clothes. Not only will they finally be warm and have protection from the elements, but for many, these are the only brand new items they’ve ever owned. The tremendous sense of pride and self-worth these children get when they put on their beautiful new winter clothes is heartwarming and heartbreaking.

How wonderfully simple – a little sharing of our resources and we have the joy and privilege of making a huge and immediate difference in the life of a child.

This holiday season, please be a Coat Angel and give warmly at www.coatangels.org. Bring a new, warm coat, fleece, hat or gloves (or all of the above!) to the NPN Pre New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. Give a warm coat, fleece, hat and gloves in someone’s honor as a meaningful holiday gift.

For more information about Coat Angels, please visit www.coatangels.org.

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 7:52 PM