Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotarians give winter coats to kids in need

Submitted by Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club
Posted10/20/2020 1:36 PM

Continuing its 12-year program, Rotary Club of Lake Forest Lake Bluff plans to distribute new winter coats to needy children throughout the Waukegan, North Chicago and Highwood communities.

Over the past 12 years, the club has distributed more than 5,600 new winter coats to children in need. A winter coat is an essential item in Northern Illinois. A new coat also provides the added benefit of increasing self-esteem.


The Rotary Club is working with Operation Warm Inc., a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to distributing high quality new winter coats to children in need.

Operation Warm was founded in 1998 and, to date, has distributed millions of new winter coats throughout North America. The Rotary Club acquires coats from Operation Warm at wholesale-like prices -- around $20 per coat -- and distributes them to children in need.

Area churches, civic organizations and citizens are invited to help the Rotary Club with this project by directing your tax-deductible donation to the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club Foundation at, or by contacting Rotary Club's community service chairman David Schafer at (847) 234-5000, ext. 5410.

All funds raised for Operation Warm go directly to the purchase of new warm winter coats.

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff meets Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m. for breakfast and a speaker. Membership is open to service-oriented residents and workers in the area. Guests are welcome to attend. Club projects include local, national and international humanitarian projects.

To learn more about the Rotary Club and its programs, visit

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