Chicagoland Rotary Veterans Coat Drive / Stand Down Day Tuesday, November 10

From a Rotary Club Press Release:

Our goal is to collect and district 1,000 winter coats to Homeless Veterans in the Chicago area.

Stand Down Day is a special day for homeless veterans in which they receive support from many.

This will be Rotary’s fourth year participating in the event that has been held and organized for the past 22 years by the veterans.  We expect to serve approximately 1,000 homeless veterans on November 10 as they gear up for the harsh winter months ahead.   If you have not been to a Stand Down Day, we set up the coats on clothing racks organized by size and assist the veterans in selecting a coat and helping them try them on.   The veterans then get winter clothing, social service support for housing and food, haircuts, and a warm meal.  As this year’s Stand Down Day is a day before Veterans Day, we will also be assisting in serving the meals to our veterans.

How Can YOU Help serve our veterans as they have served us?

Clean and Gently Used Men’s Winter Coats in sizes L, XL, XXL , XXXL

The coats are needed in the larger sizes as the veterans layer their clothing for the winter.  We will also accept Men’s winter hats and gloves.   We are not accepting women clothing as we have enough female winter coats already.

Volunteer on October 17 or 31at Reebie Storage in Naperville

We will be sorting and boxing coats for Stand Down Day from 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Volunteer on November 10 and 9 at Humboldt Park Armory in Chicago

We are in need of volunteers for the Stand Down Day on Friday, November 10 and set up day on November 9

We have two shifts available on November 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and one shift on November 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sign up for volunteering by going to and click on Calendar on the left hand side of the page and go to November 9 or 10.  We will contact you one week before the event with additional volunteer information.

Naperville Area Coat Drop-Off Locations:

• School District 203 Administrative Office – 203 W. Hillside, Naperville (Julie Carlsen)

• Naperville Township – 139 Water Street, Naperville (Rachel Ossyra)

• Fair Oaks Ford Lincoln – 2055 W. Ogden & 1351 E. Ogden, Naperville (Liz & Norm Zienty)

Naperville area Coordinator – Rachel Ossyra of Naperville Rotary Club at

For additional information please contact:

Co-Chairs Mary Dougherty, Rotary Club of Aurora at or Pat Merryweather, Rotary Club of Naperville at