Families in Illinois recently received nearly 9 tons of winter wear thanks to those who donated to the 26th annual Snug Hugs for Kids clothing drive.
The items collected benefited Children’s Home + Aid, an agency that helps underprivileged families. Donated items were collected the last few months at local Merlin 200,000 Miles Shops.
Another $20,000 was donated to Children’s Home + Aid through a combination of $1 red-mitten sales in Merlin Shops and funds donated by U.S. AutoForce, Advance Auto Parts and the Chicago Wolves minor league hockey team.
More than 20 Merlin vans, the Chicago Wolves delivery truck and multiple radio partners formed a caravan earlier this month that began at the Merlin Shop in Hanover Park, traveling to the Children’s Home + Aid Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child and Family Center in Chicago to deliver the goods.
The 20th annual Crochet & Knit-A-Thon also supported the effort, gathering more than 1 ton of handcrafted items from volunteers in nine states and two countries. The Kids Helping Kids program also lent a hand, encouraging girl and boy scout troops to gather donations.