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Falling Temperatures Bring Out the Coat Angels

Falling Temperatures Bring Out the Coat Angels

Like many people, we love the excuse to hit the toy aisles this time of year, especially with so many opportunities to buy for children whose families can't, but one of our favorite December campaigns is a reminder that many Chicago-area children need far more important items.

Since 2006, Coat Angels has reached out to teachers and social workers in schools in impoverished neighborhoods to identify students who need winter clothing. The program started with 20 children and now serves more than 4000. Each child receives a brand-new coat, fleece pullover, a hat and gloves. The coats are purchased new for each child and the volunteers ensure they are a perfect fit.

"We give these kids a sense of worth and a sense of pride," says founder Micki LeSueur. "And this is one little area of their life where they have something that was picked out just for them. It's not a hand-me-down. It lets them know they are worth our time and our thought."

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