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IDOT collects clothing for veterans

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2013

Marseilles Police Lieutenant Brian Faber, left, and his son, Zach, of Mendota present coats and winter gear for the “Warm Our Warriors” initiative to IDOT Community Relations Manager Julia Messina, right, at the District 3 headquarters in Ottawa. (Photo contributed)

OTTAWA - Whether collecting 750 pounds of food for distribution to local food pantries and U.S. service members abroad, as the Illinois Department of Transportation District 3 did in 2011, or donating over 100 winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves to Governor Pat Quinn’s “Warm Our Warriors” project in 2012, IDOT D-3 is committed to the community - both at home and abroad.

This year IDOT District 3 collected 108 winter coats and 126 sets of hats, gloves and scarves for donation to Governor Pat Quinn’s “Warm Our Warriors” program. The collection began in late November and ended on Dec. 14. The winter coats and cold-weather essentials are being distributed to needy veterans and their families in Illinois.

Through the drive, state employees donated more than 3,100 items this year including warm winter clothes, canned foods and hygiene products. “I thank the public servants who stepped up and made the inaugural Warm Our Warriors drive so successful,” Governor Quinn stated. “Their important donations will help ensure a better holiday season for veterans in need throughout Illinois.”

IDOT Secretary Ann L. Schneider also thanked the many IDOT employees who contributed to the Warm our Warriors initiative. IDOT staff collected nearly 1,400 items statewide including clothing, food and personal items. The items will be distributed to St. Leo’s Campus for Veterans (Catholic Charities), A Safe Haven, AmVets Illinois and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

The Warm Our Warriors initiative was supported by local donations as well. After hearing about the collection, Lieutenant Brian Faber of the Marseilles Police Department, with the assistance of Chief Jim Hovious, donated coats, gloves and scarves to the initiative. Faber and his son, Zach, of Mendota presented the coats and winter gear to IDOT Community Relations Manager Julia Messina at the District 3 headquarters in Ottawa. Zach Faber will leave for the United States Army boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood in January, where he will serve in the military police.

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