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Cary-Grove students promote coat drives for school project

Several area businesses having coat drives in January

CARY – A Cary-Grove High School student is doing her part to make sure more people in the Cary area have coats this winter.

Julia Vogt was assigned to find a problem in the community and a potential solution to it. She looked around and noticed a lot of kids don’t have coats. Kids at her brother’s elementary school often wear sweatshirts when they should be wearing coats.

That inspired her to make some calls and find out when local organizations are holding coat drives.

“Everyone deserves to have a warm coat,” Vogt said. “There are many families in Cary that struggle with providing winter clothing for their children. At the same time, there are many families in our community who purchase new coats as styles and sizes change.”

The Jewel-Osco in Cary is collecting coats for a coat drive through Monday. Burlington Coat Factory in Crystal Lake is collecting though Jan. 22. People also can donate brand-new coats to The Salvation Army Crystal Lake branch at 290 W. Crystal Lake Ave.

“As temperatures drop, many families make decisions between grocery money and coats,” Vogt said. “It is important that every child is warm during these frigid months, and our community has the means to help them.”

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