ROSELAND — Roseland Community Hospital is hoping it can help make the its community warmer with a coat drive this weekend.
Hospital team members are donating 350 coats to the public 11 a.m.-1 p.m Saturday at 45 W. 111th St., said Kathy Bryja, a press relations representative for the hospital, and hospital Executive Director Chrislin Flanagan. While supplies last, free coats and jackets will be available for children and adults from the area, Bryja said.
There will also be a celebration Satuday for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with giveaways, mammogram screening information, free and confidential HIV Testing with on-the-spot results and other resources from the hospital and community groups, Bryja said.
Flanagan said the hospital’s radiology and imaging team will be there to answer questions about breast cancer awareness and scheduling mammograms or cervical exams.
Flanagan said the coats in this year’s giveaway are provided by MZI Group, Inc., a Chicago-based electric company.
People must be be present at Saturday’s event to receive a free coat, and sizes will range from 3T to an adult extra large, Flanagan said.
Tea and hot chocolate will be given to attendees, Flanagan said. Chosen Breed Motorcycle Club, which is partnering with Roseland Community Hospital, give away warm socks, gloves, mittens and other winter gear as part of its 10 Fingers, 10 Toes Initiative.
Flanagan said Roseland Community Hospital holds the coat drive each year to provide the community with protective gear for Chicago’s harsh falls and winters. She said it’s important for the event to be free and easy to access.
“We all know that winter times in Chicago can be very brutal,” Flanagan said. “Roseland [Community Hospital] does sit in a community that lacks some of the basic resources. So as a hospital, one of our goals is to kind of help feel those resource gaps. So this is an initiative that we dedicate ourselves to on an annual basis.
“So, it’s just kind of a feel-good community day where resources are available and kind of a good kickoff to the winter season to make sure that everyone has the proper gear to stay warm.”
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