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Chicago Nonprofit “This is Life” Warms Up Winter for the City’s Youth

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A Caring Initiative to Keep Chicago’s Youth Warm

As the temperatures in Chicago steadily drop and the gusty winds announce the arrival of winter, the comfort of warm coats and layered clothing becomes a privilege that many of us take for granted. However, this is far from the reality for a significant portion of Chicago’s population, especially its youth. This season, their plight has not gone unnoticed, thanks to the compassionate endeavors of the Chicago nonprofit “This is Life.”

A Warmth-Driven Mission

Motivated by the pressing need to ensure that every young resident of Chicago has access to adequate winter clothing, “This is Life” has embarked on a heartwarming mission. Their objective is simple yet profound: to provide free coats to the city’s youth. In doing so, they hope to spread the warmth of community care and ensure that young Chicagoans are kept snug and secure during the approaching winter months.

Natalie Manning, the co-founder and executive director of “This is Life,” passionately emphasizes the significance of this noble endeavor. She states, “As we gear up for winter, I wanted to incorporate the opportunity to provide free coats for youth as well, to make sure to keep them warm throughout the year. Because you know, sometimes kids don’t have the opportunity, or parents don’t have the means to be able to get as many coats as they may need throughout the year. Our goal is to bridge this gap and provide a safety net of warmth for our city’s youth.”

Beyond Coats – A Holistic Approach

This initiative goes beyond the generous distribution of coats. It extends a holistic helping hand to the community. Alongside the warmth-giving outerwear, local barbers have joined the cause, offering haircuts and styling services. For those interested in haircuts, registration is required to ensure that everyone can benefit from this additional service. In this way, “This is Life” is not only ensuring physical warmth but also boosting the self-esteem and confidence of young participants.

Dates and Locations

The heartwarming event is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Absolutely Anything Essential Gift Shop, located at 3521 S. King Drive in Bronzeville. This convenient location is at the heart of the community, making it easily accessible to those in need. And the goodwill doesn’t stop there. Another similar event will be held on November 10th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Shine Bright, 8560 S Cottage Grove Ave. in Chatham. By organizing these events at different times and locations, “This is Life” ensures that as many young residents as possible have the chance to benefit from this gesture of kindness.

This Is Life: Empowering Youth through the Performing Arts

Beyond these compassionate endeavors, “This is Life” is not just any nonprofit; it’s an organization with a broader mission. They are dedicated to empowering young people who are pursuing their dreams in the performing arts. By fostering creativity and talent in the community, they aim to enrich the lives of Chicago’s youth and provide them with opportunities to excel in the world of performing arts.