Gov. Pat Quinn recently launched the Warm Our Heroes holiday collection drive for Illinois veterans and their families and invited people across the state to support the cause.
In five cities across Illinois, state facilities will accept donations of winter clothing, non-perishable food and personal items until Dec. 19. The Warm Our Heroes drive is part of Quinn’s agenda to honor and support the men and women who have served our country and maintain Illinois’ status as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.
“We need to always take care of those who have borne the battle, especially during the holiday season,” Quinn said. “Warm Our Heroes supports our veterans and their families and I encourage everyone to take a minute to give back to those who have sacrificed so much.”
Warm Our Heroes was launched by the governor in 2012 as a state employee initiative to provide items to veterans. In its first year, state employees collected more than 3,500 donations, which were distributed to veterans’ organizations across the state. This year the governor expanded the program to allow the public to participate.
Warm Our Heroes will collect warm winter clothing, dry and canned food and personal items such as toothpaste and soap to give to community veterans organizations and VA hospitals. Local donation drop-off sites include:
- Kenneth Hall State Regional Office Building, 10 Collinsville Ave., East St. Louis
- Illinois Department of Transportation district headquarters office, 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville
For more information visit www.Illinois.gov/WarmOurHeroes.