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10,000 coats for Chicago's public housing kids

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Photo courtesy Operation Warm

This weekend, the Chicago Housing Authority and national nonprofit Operation Warm will give out 10,000 coats to public housing kids across the city.

Any public housing resident with a child born after January 1st, 1995 is eligible to receive one new coat per child. To reserve a coat for your child, you can sign up on the CHA youth website or by calling the hotline at (312) 786-3621.

"Kids grow fast and are often in need of a new coat every single year," says Kristen Hamer, director of community relations at CHA. "It's an expense our families don't have to incur this year if they take advantage of this initiative."

Of the 10,000 coats available, about 7,000 are already spoken for with about 3,100 families registered.

"If there are kids in need of a brand new winter coat, they can tive them for free with this initiative, but they have to act quickly, as we're giving them out this Saturday," says Hamer.

Operation Warm is one of the nation's largest non profits providing new winter coats to children in need. Last year, the organization reached out to mayor's office to partner with someone here in Chicago to distribute coats. The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services also received about 1,000 coast both this year and last year that will be distributed to kids through homeless shelters.

The coats will be distributed this Saturday at the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. There are many coats that still need to be claimed, so if you know someone who needs to stay warm this winter, sign up today

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