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A former St. Joseph-Ogden student is collecting winter coats for a worthy cause.
Audra James, a contestant in the Miss Illinois USA pageant, is working with the organization and The Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago to collect coats for people that do not have the resources to purchase a coat of their own for winter.
“I will be collecting new and gently used coats in all sizes now through November 21, and would love for people to pair with me and donate as many coats as possible,” James said. “If people are interested in helping benefit the charity and have a few old coats lying around, I encourage them to give.”
Last year, the pageant collected over 650 coats for people in need.
James said she feels more coats can be collected this year.
“Hundreds or even thousands of lives will be touched–right here in our own state–and many people will be warm this holiday season,” she said.
James, a 2011 graduate, will take part in the pageant Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
She is currently attending Illinois Wesleyan University.
Coats are being collected in mens, womens and children’s sizes. Coats should be new or gently used.
Bins are located at St. Joseph-Ogden High School through Nov. 21.