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Aurora campaign seeking  winter clothes for 3,000 kids

Spaghetti dinner
benefits coat drive

“The Coats for Kids” Committee will have an Olive Garden spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane.

The spaghetti dinners can be ordered for take-out or enjoyed in the school’s cafeteria. The dinners come with a choice of marinara or meat sauce; tossed salad, bread sticks; and a choice of lemonade, tea or water.

Tickets for the dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. They can be purchased at the door on Friday or in advance between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the city’s Community Services Department, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A.

All money raised at the event will be used to purchase coats for children.

For more information on the coat drive, visit

Updated: November 13, 2012 7:30PM

AURORA — “The Coats for Kids” drive returns for another year in Aurora, after local school counselors have identified hundreds of students who do not have the proper winter gear for the cold months ahead.

And drive organizers say they cannot provide enough warm clothing without help from the Aurora community.

Organizers are hoping to raise about $30,000, enough to purchase 3,000 coats —along with gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and boots — to be distributed at the end of November at East Aurora High School.

Mayor Tom Weisner, 7th Ward Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, 2nd Ward Alderman Juany Garza, the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Wayside Cross Rescue Mission Urban Youth Ministry, Communities in Schools, local businesses, civic leaders, labor organizations, schools and churches are spearheading the drive in conjunction with the city of Aurora.

School counselors in the East Aurora, West Aurora and Indian Prairie school districts already have generated a list of students who would benefit from the coat drive.

“Given the state of the economy, some families still are having a difficult time being able to purchase a winter coat for their children,” Garza said. “It is great that this committee can help parents so they can use their money to provide life’s other necessities.”

Organizers also are collecting financial contributions and new or slightly worn winter coats for children.

Donations of new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, sweaters and socks also will be accepted. Coats and other winter apparel can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 14 at the city’s Community Service Department, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A; the Aldermen’s Office, 60 E. Downer Place; and the City’s Customer Service Center, 3770 McCoy Drive.

People can make a financial contribution to this year’s effort by mailing a check to the Kiwanis Foundation of Aurora, P.O. Box 1551, Aurora, IL 60507.

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