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The Rev. Rod Reinhart  |  File photo

The Rev. Rod Reinhart | File photo

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Updated: November 14, 2013 6:12AM



St. Joseph & St. Aidan Episcopal Church, in Blue Island, together with the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Great Lakes Bank, will host the sixth annual Christmas Party and Winter Survival Gear Drive to help struggling, hospitalized and homeless military veterans.

Every winter, thousands of vets suffer on Chicago’s freezing, unforgiving streets, organizers said. Many of them die, cold and alone.

But with the support of others, many can survive because they have a warm winter coat, organizers said.

The event will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at St. Joseph & St. Aidan Episcopal Church, 2457 Oak St.

Donations of coats, hats, gloves, socks, other supplies and money will be collected to help many hundreds of vets stay alive and warm all across Chicago, organizers said in a news release.

In 2012, families, churches, businesses and schools across Blue Island donated more than 1,000 gifts for wounded and homeless veterans.

Before Christmas Eve, the gifts were distributed to the Jesse Brown VA Hospital, The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and the Manteno veterans home.

Great Lakes Bank branches are collecting items, or donations can be brought to the Dec. 8 Christmas party at the church, or contact the Rev. Rod Reinhart at (708) 528-9862 to arrange a drop-off time.

Staff report



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