Elgin Fire Stations Collect Winter Outerwear to Benefit Community Crisis Center

Elgin Fire Stations Collect Winter Outerwear to Benefit Community Crisis Center

Winter outerwear is being accepted for donation now through Dec. 25 at all Elgin fire stations. Coats and winter wear, collected on behalf of the Community Crisis Center, will be distributed to men, women and children at no cost throughout the cold weather season.

Health experts report that even a two degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn in these conditions.

A warm coat helps solve that problem. However, for the nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”

Items being collected:

  • Gently used coats, warm winter jackets, parkas and coats. Make sure they are clean and have no missing buttons or broken zippers.
  • Gently used boots and snow pants.
  • New gloves, mittens, hats and scarves (these items cannot be in used condition due to pandemic).

Contactless donations can be delivered to any of Elgin’s seven fire stations. Residents may leave items at the front door, ring the doorbell or knock and firefighters will collect the items.

Fire station locations:

  • Station 1, 550 Summit St.
  • Station 2, 650 Big Timber Road
  • Station 3, 2455 Royal Boulevard
  • Station 4, 599 S. McLean Boulevard
  • Station 5, 804 Villa St.
  • Station 6, 707 W. Chicago St.
  • Station 7, 3270 Longcommon Parkway

The Elgin Fire Department has worked with the Community Crisis Center for several years on this initiative. Collections are delivered to the Community Crisis Center on a weekly basis, typically carrying at least 10 bags of coats and winter wear.

“I’m happy we can assist in this effort again this year, helping provide adequate warm clothing to those in need this winter,” said Fire Chief Robb Cagann.

About the Elgin Fire Department

The Elgin Fire Department is dedicated to providing a safe community through prevention and mitigation of emergencies in a professional and caring manner. The Elgin Fire Department has 133 sworn firefighters who provide a full range of coverage to 38.8 square miles and serves a population of nearly 115,000 people.

About the Community Crisis Center

The Community Crisis Center is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency temporary safe shelter to numerous women and children each year who are homeless due to domestic violence, sexual assault or financial crisis. The organization also offers a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, education and other assistance programs.

SOURCE: Elgin Fire Department news release