Cradles to Crayons Chicago is seeking gently-used winter coats, gloves, boots and other clothing items during a pop-up collection event this weekend in Oak Park.

Cradles to Crayons representatives are hoping to collect enough cold-weather clothing items this weekend to fill 400 bags for Chicago-area children who are experiencing poverty.

Among the 20 locations that will be collecting items from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 include the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

Among the most-needed items include winter coats size infant to adult medium, winter boots size infant/toddler 5 to adult 10, new pajamas, warm clothes, infant toys, toys for children 7 to 12 years old and baby board books.

Cradles to Crayons is a national nonprofit with locations in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago that provides children from birth through age 12 in homeless or low-income situations with essential items they need to thrive. The items are supplied free of charge by engaging and connecting with various communities around Chicago.

Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers at warehouses called “Giving Factories,” and are distributed to children through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.

More information about Cradles to Crayons and the donation event is available at https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/winter-collection-drive/.

Chicago Tribune by: STEVE SCHERING