The Bears on Friday announced the kickoff of the 34th Annual Coat Drive in partnership with Jewel-Osco, Wm. Meyers Movers and The Salvation Army. The Coat Drive runs through Feb. 15, 2023. New or gently used coats can be donated at 188 participating Jewel-Osco locations throughout the Chicago area. The goal this year is to collect more than 25,000 gently used/new coats for people in need for this upcoming winter.
For anyone in need of a coat this winter, they can call The Salvation Army Holiday Hotline at 773-205-3690 and to find the nearest donation location to drop off a coat, visit ChicagoBears.com/CoatDrive. "We are kicking off our 34th annual coat drive. Over the year, we have done important things within the community, and we are back again," said the Chicago Bears head equipment manager Tony Medlin, who recently won The Salvation Army award. "I want to thank Jewel-Osco, as they have been with us for a long time. The Meyers Movers, The Salvation Army who have helped us from the beginning and our media partners, who get the message out and help us make this coat drive successful."
"I really want to encourage everybody that if you have a spare coat or a gently used coat, it will be awesome if you can drop it off at a Jewel-Osco," said Bears quarterback Justin Fields during his weekly press conference on Wednesday. "It's important for us to keep people who are less fortunate or who may not have coats to keep them warm in the winter season."
Additional coats can be dropped off at Bears Fit, located at 155 E. Townline Road in Vernon Hills, until Feb 15, 2023.