Arlington Heights Firefighters Host 10th Annual Coat Drive — 12 More Days

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Firefighters at Arlington Heights Fire Station 2 show off some coats already donated to the box at the lobby at Fire Station 2.
Firefighters show off some coats already donated to the box at the lobby at Arlington Heights Fire Station 2.

Arlington Heights Firefighters are hosting a coat drive lasting from November 15 to December 15, 2021 to help keep the needy warm this winter. After Friday, December 3, 2021, there are 12 days left to donate a coat at an Arlington Heights fire station. Local firefighters and School District 25 are teaming up to help needy students and families in the district. Arlington Heights Firefighters are collecting new and gently used coats as well as new toys at all four fire stations for the month of November and December. Autumn 2021 is the tenth consecutive season that the Arlington Heights Firefighters have hosted the coat drive and have collected almost 4000 coats as well as countless toys. The annual Toys for Tots drive collect toys until December 21, 2021 this year.

U.S. Census data shows that, “Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem.” With nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.” Arlington Heights firefighters have responded by encouraging residents to donate old coats out of the back of the closet and say, “let’s help keep our less-fortunate residents warm this winter!”

Coats will be collected at the following Arlington Heights Fire Stations:
Station 1 — 300 East Sigwalt St
Station 2 — 1150 N. Arlington Heights Rd
Station 3 — 2000 South Arlington Heights Rd
Station 4 — 3030 North Arlington Heights Rd

Coat drive box on the right with the Toys for Tots box at Arlington Heights Fire Station 2
Coat drive box on the right with the Toys for Tots box at Arlington Heights Fire Station 2.

Arlington Heights Fire Department coat driveCoat drive delivery by Arlington Heights firefighters to Westgate School from a previous year.

Arlington Heights Firefighters and School District 25 Coat Drive
Coat drive donation to Arlington Heights Fire Department Fire Station 4 during a previous year’s coat drive.

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