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Blue Island church holding drive to benefit homeless veterans

Updated: October 19, 2014 2:27AM



St. Joseph and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Blue Island is holding a Christmas survival gear drive for homeless veterans.

For the last seven years, people from across the south suburbs have supported the annual Christmas for Wounded Soldiers Survival Gear Drive and holiday party at St. Joseph and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 2457 Oak St., according to a release from the pastor, the Rev. Rod Reinhart.

Through that generosity, the church has donated numerous truckloads of coats, hats, tents and warm clothing to help the homeless veterans program at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and to other veterans programs in the Chicago area, the release said.

This year’s party is slated for 4 p.m. Dec. 7, but it’s never too early to start collecting donations, the release said.

Attendees to the party in December are asked to bring new or used coats, hats, gloves, socks and other warm clothing that will help a deserving homeless vet survive on Chicago’s cold winter streets, according to the release.

Staff report



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