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You Can Donate Extra Coats, Sleeping Bags, Tents To Far Northwest Side Residents Living Outside

Neighbors are collecting warm blankets, men's hoodies in all sizes, sweat pants and warm jackets.

Coats are hung up ready to be given away at a free store for Afghan refugees in Rogers Park on March 9, 2022.
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JEFFERSON PARK — As cool fall weather sets in, Far Northwest Siders experiencing homelessness need warmer clothing and other items.

Chicago NWS Homeless Outreach is collecting sleeping bags, warm blankets, men’s hoodies in all sizes, sweatpants, boots, long-sleeved shirts and lightweight warm jackets for people in need, volunteer Monica Dillon said.

People can email outreachchicagonws@gmail.com to schedule a pickup date with volunteers if they would like to donate.

The organization, which regularly works with people living without homes in Jefferson, Portage and Irving parks, is also collecting tents for people as the weather changes, Dillon said.

“We have been looking for tents as the weather changes [and] are trying to keep people aware about the weather changing as people are thinking how they are going to manage,” she said.

The Jefferson Park transit terminal was a hub for homeless residents to gather, stay warm and receive support from volunteers like Dillon. But its shelters have been closed after someone vandalized them in February, and fewer people frequent the area. Some have moved to other locations, such as parks and viaducts.

The shelters were ideal for warmth and safety, Dillon and past residents said.

CTA officials have not said when the shelters will be reopened and said ordering parts for the glass shelters has delayed the reopening.

Students from St. Patrick High School, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., are working on a service project to educate the public about homeless people in the community, and they plan to give away coffee and soup at the Jefferson Park transit terminal as colder temperatures hit, Dillon said.

They also plan to give away winter care kits and get to know the people who stay by the station — a good way to dispel the stigmas around homelessness and learn about what outreach is happening in the community, she said.

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