Coats 'n Votes: Practice compassion while exercising citizenship
Citizens from the six precincts (10, 25, 26, 27, 35 and 40) who vote at the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin on Tuesday, Nov. 3, will be able to do an act of community service when they cast their vote.
The church's Soup Kettle Outreach Team will place barrels outside the entrance to the church to collect warm clothing for the patrons of the church's Saturday night Soup Kettle.
Voters who have gently used, clean winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves will be able to place them in the barrels as they enter the polling place.
This winter clothing will be given to the people who come to the Soup Kettle for a hot meal.
Recently as many as 80 adults and children have been coming each Saturday for the church's food and hospitality.
Food for voters in need
Food boxes will be distributed on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to those voters who have a need for meat, dairy, and produce for their families.
The church will have a truckload of food, enough for 150 families. Distribution will begin at 2 p.m. on Election Day.
This event is supported by the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The truck will be located in the church parking lot, 783 W. Highland Ave.
The Highland Avenue congregation has become known for its generosity with food.
For many weeks, it has maintained a farmstand at the edge of the parking lot in order to give away tons of fresh produce.