By Jack Voves ‘19
Operation Warm Up Chicago, an organization consisting of students from Mother McAuley, Marist, and Brother Rice High School, will be collecting blankets for the homeless this winter.
In 2013, Operation Warm Up Chicago began. The mission of their project is to provide donated blankets to the homeless so they can keep warm during the cold winter months of Chicago.
The project’s first year had one small collection site. It has since expanded to local churches, middle schools, high schools and businesses for collection. Last year the organization hoped to receive 500 donations and ended up with 800.
This year, with a goal of one-thousand blankets, the team is feeling confident.
Team member and Marist student Ned Hall said, “At the rate this is going, I believe we’ll receive many more than a thousand.”
Jim Voves, father of the Brother Rice team members, will be using his cargo truck to transport the blankets during distribution. He said, “These kids do a great job getting the word out. We’ll most certainly reach, rather surpass, our goal.”
Jokingly, he also said, “I might have to buy a new truck for this because we may run out of room!”
Collection will begin in mid-November (official date TBD). Blankets can be dropped off at Brother Rice and Mother McAuley high schools; St. Barnabas, Christ the King and St. John Fisher churches; the Beverly Area Planning Association office, 1987 W. 111th St.; the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association, 3400 W. 111th St.; and Baron’s Shoes, 3101 W. 111th St (other locations TBD).
If you have any questions, call, 1(773)320-9882.