Chicago Bears Host 30th Annual Coat Drive To Help Salvation Army

The team has also made a $5K donation to the organization.

Lisa Fielding
December 07, 2018 - 8:57 am

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Several Chicago Bears players are spending the holiday supporting the Salvation Army.

Defensive End Akiem Hicks made the big announcement.

"On behalf of the Bears, I am excited to announce that we we are going to give a $5,000 donation to the Salvation Army," he said.

"I think it's a beautiful situation when you can come into someone's life and just make an impact - that's one of the rewarding things about it for me."

The donation follows the earlier kick off to the 30th annual Chicago Bears Jewel-Osco coat drive to benefit The Salvation Army.

"It's really just an awesome program and to keep kids warm during the winter, to keep people warm during the winter - not everyone has a winter coat, so it's an awesome thing," Hicks said.

This is the 30th year the team has collected coats for those in need.

"With three decades of donations under our belts, the Bears and Jewel-Osco Salvation Army Coat Drive has helped distribute hundreds of thousands of coats to those in need – enough to fill Soldier Field… twice!" the Salvation Army said in a statement.

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Hicks said he's proud to be apart of the program.

"And I have done different events throughout the city with the Salvation Army and it's just one of those organizations that has been around forever and you know when you go there and help out, it is really making a difference," Hicks said.

It may seem like a small thing, but when you donate a coat to someone in need, you are truly making a difference.  You are keeping a child warm on his way to school.  You are keeping a mother warm while she waits on the bus. You could even be saving a life. 

According to the Salvation Army, last year the organization collected more than 21,000 coats, along with hundreds of hats, gloves, scarves, and snowsuits. This year the goal is 25,000 coats.

New and gently used coats can be dropped off any Chicagoland Jewel-Osco location through Feb. 1. Coats for children and women are in the greatest demand.

Friday marks WBBM Newsradio's 23rd Annual Good Neighbor Radiothon that raises money for The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club. The event runs 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. To donate to the Salvation Army, visit WBBM Newsradio's Good Neighbor Radiothon donation page or call 844-361-8400.