JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow will distribute more than 500 new winter coats on Saturday to local needy children as part of the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois’ Clothes For Kids Campaign.
The Chicago Bears’ Brian Urlacher also is tentatively scheduled to join State’s Attorney Glasgow and ISCC/PAL Executive Director Jerry Elsner to give away the new winter coats to children from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at MorningStar Mission, 350 E. Washington St., in Joliet. Urlacher’s appearance at MorningStar Mission, however, is not yet definite.
Urlacher is the ISCC/PAL’s Illinois Chairman for this year’s Clothes for Kids Campaign, which will distribute a total of 5,400 winter coats to children throughout the state.
Glasgow, who is the Campaign’s Will County Chairman, will distribute 504 brand new insulated winter coats to qualifying local children in grades one through eight on Saturday.
The state’s attorney has partnered with four Will County not-for-profit organizations that serve the needy: MorningStar Mission, Daybreak Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties and Catholic Charities Children’s Services. The individual agencies have identified children in their respective programs who would benefit most by receiving a new winter coat.
“Thanks to the Illinois State Crime Commission, these brand new coats will make winter in this difficult economy a little warmer for more than 500 children in our community,” Glasgow said.
“Thanks also to Brian Urlacher for lending his support as the Illinois chairman for the Clothes for Kids Campaign. We’re hoping to see him at MorningStar Mission on Saturday.”
ISCC/PAL Director Elsner asked Glasgow to serve as the Clothes For Kids Campaign’s Will County chairman. In 2008, the Illinois State Crime Commission named Glasgow the State’s Attorney of the Year. It was the second time Glasgow received the honor from the Crime Commission.
“Jim has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to developing innovative programs to protect our young people,” Elsner said. “I knew right away he would jump at the opportunity to work with the Illinois State Crime Commission on a campaign that would take the chill out of winter for a lot of kids.”
The new children’s coats are double-insulated. To receive a coat, participating agencies will provide qualifying clients with letters to bring to MorningStar Mission on Saturday. Recipients must have a letter from their agency with the appropriate information and a photo ID to gain access to MorningStar Mission to receive a new coat.
For more information on Saturday’s Winter Coat Campaign, call (815) 727-8789.