Donors can drop off gently used coats, hats and gloves at Homer Glen, Orland Park centers
MAYWOOD, Ill. â Forecasters are predicting that this coming winter will be colder, icier and snowier than recent years across the Midwest. Combined with the slow economy, many people will be hard-pressed to obtain clothing that is warm enough to get them through the next few months. To help out, the Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen and the Loyola Center for Health at Orland Park are collecting donations of gently used winter coats, hats and gloves to benefit the MorningStar Mission Ministries in Joliet. Donations are being accepted through Monday, Nov. 15. âThis is our way of bringing Loyola out to the community by helping people who are in a great deal of need,â said Jan Gora, RN, one of the Loyola employees who helped organize the coat drive, now in its third year. MorningStar Mission Ministries is a non-denominational organization that serves the homeless and less fortunate in Joliet and surrounding areas in Will County. It provides food for the hungry and clothing and shelter for the homeless. âA lot of us live in this area. Working in our own community is a good feeling,â Gora said. âMorningStar is a local place thatâs doing a lot of good for a lot of people so we thought weâd give them a hand.â Winter clothing of all sizes is being accepted, though there is a particular need for childrenâs wear. Clothing is being accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at: Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen, 15750 Marian Drive. Loyola Center for Health at Orland Park 16621 S. 107th Ct. For more information, call (708) 645-3400.