ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — With the cold weather approaching, the Rockford Rescue Mission says it has a “critical need” for coats and other items to help homeless individuals prepare.

The Mission says it hosts an average of 155 people each night, providing hot meals, dry clothes, a warm environment and winter clothes.

“These forecasts can be unbearable for those living on the streets,” said Executive Director, Sherry Pitney. “This early in the year, many coat drives are just beginning and we have dozens of men, women and children without proper winter attire.  The Mission is in need of larger size coats for our men and women as well as coats for the children.”

“New or gently used coats- especially larger sizes for men and women, as well as warm coats for children, and undergarments for men, women and children are always appreciated and provide tremendous help,” he said. “We have seen a 24% increase in individuals seeking our overnight services which has also left a critical need for laundry detergent, toilet paper and coffee.”

Donations of clothing, food, and supplies can be delivered to the Rockford Rescue Mission, at 715 West State Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monetary donations can be made online at


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