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PORTAGE PARK — A local church is preparing for the next season by collecting winter items for its Love Thy Neighbor Coat Drive.

Storehouse Church, 5701 W. Montrose Ave., wants 300 winter items that will be given out to members of the community in need before it gets cold.

The church is collecting 60 coats, 60 pairs of socks, 60 pairs of gloves, 60 winter hats, 10 tents and 20 sleeping bags. It also would like 30 boxes of hand warmers, according to a Facebook post about the coat drive.

People who want to donate items can drop them off at the church and register them online. The church is also accepting monetary donations in lieu of winter items.

People have until Oct. 31 to donate.

Owners of the church did not immediately return requests for comment. However, the group is known to lend a helping hand to the community. When the school season started, the church gave away 500 free backpacks with school supplies.

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