This year Spartans across the city came together to collect 137 coats for men, women and children in Chicago during our second annual coat drive. Collection bins were placed at several MSU sponsor bar locations around town to gather new and gently used coats and winter wear. Mad River and Municipal Bar & Dining Co led the way with the most items collected.
Our friends at Operation Warm helped us collect donations of $1,200, which included a $500 match from the Chicago Spartans Board. For every $18, a new coat was purchased–that’s an additional 65 brand new coats!
Students at the Chicago Lights tutoring program were thrilled to receive their brand-new winter gear! Additional items will help keep those at the Elam Davies Service Center warm throughout the cold Chicago winter.
“We are so thankful for the generosity shown by our members. This event is a wonderful way to engage local Spartans and help Chicagoans in need. We hope the impact of the event can continue to grow in the future!”
–Chris Pell, Co-Chair Community Outreach for the Chicago Spartans Board
On behalf of our recipients, the community outreach team and partners,
Thank you to all Chicago Spartans!
More Information on Our Beneficiaries
The Social Service center provides support to needy Chicago families and individuals with resources we often take for granted. In addition to offering food and other basic necessities, the program offers Winter gear to individuals who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Have you ever ran inside because you were just that cold? Imagine if you had nowhere to run to. Help homeless and low-income families worry about one less cold night this Winter.
The tutoring program works directly with Chicago youth with a one-on-one mentoring program. The goal is simply to have a positive influences in their education and career path. These students are trying their best to concentrate on building a better future–they should not have to worry about how they can stay warm on the way to school. Allow them to focus on their next test–not on how cold they feel.