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Pilsen Social Health Initiative Needs Coats, Scarves, Shoes To Help Families This Winter

The donated items will be given to folks in need to stay warm this winter.

The Pilsen Clothes Closet is seeking a coats, warm jackets to help people in need to keep people warm in the winter.
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PILSEN —The Pilsen Social Health Initiative is collecting clothes for families in need this winter.

The organization — which also runs the Pilsen Food Pantry and Pilsen Clothes Closet — is seeking donations of jackets, heavy sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, adult shoes, boots, adult pants and joggers.

Donations can be dropped off 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays throughout November at Pilsen Clothes Closet, 1850 S. Throop St.

People can also drop off items 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays in November at Chitown Futbol Swish House, 2343 S. Throop St.

RELATED: How A Pilsen Food Pantry Grew To Help Neighbors In Crisis: ‘The Community Has Come Together To Make This Happen’

Evelyn Figueroa, who founded the Pilsen Social Health Initiative, said the organization is giving the items to families in need who visit the food pantry. The aim is to get the “right [items] into the right hands,” Figueroa said.

Excess donations will be be given to partnering organizations Brave Space Alliance and Lawndale Christian Health Center to help folks experiencing homelessness, Figueroa said.

The Pilsen Food Pantry launched in 2018 before relocating to a vacant church on Throop Street. 

The relocation allowed organizers to broaden their work, helping more people with a thrift shop and small library.

The Pilsen Social Health Initiative also has on-site social workers to help families apply for assistance programs. Organizers are working to establish a medical supply closet and a computer center with internet for students, Figueroa previously told Block Club Chicago.

More information on the Pilsen Social Health Initiative can be found here.

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