This is one of the many chants kids at Beyer Elementary School used as they received free winter coats from the FBI Chicago Citizens Alumni Association.
This is the second year for the Coats for Kids Community Outreach Project that features the FBI partnering with Operation Warm to give deserving kids in Chicago and Rockford winter coats, to keep them warm in the winter.
Members of the association say they want kids to be able to enjoy winter and the outdoors even in frigid temperatures.
“The whole point is so that kids don’t go out and get cold, and can go out and play and have fun during the winter,” said Pam Connell, President of FBI Chicago Citizens Alumni Association.
Beyer Elementary School principal Christine Smith sees many families who are unable to purchase warm coats for their children. But now they won’t have to worry about their children going cold during the long winter season.
But keeping kids warm is not the only motive behind the event, though. Officials believe events like these can raise awareness of the FBI and what they do.
“It’s one of those programs that you know, reaching out to children at such a young age is to teach them about the FBI and what they do. And teach them about their community and that it can be a safer place,” said Connell.
This ties into the FBI Chicago Citizens Alumni Association’s mission to help promote safer neighborhoods. The group believes that outreach service projects like these can go a long way in educating the general public about what they do.
Once the event is over, nearly 1,000 coats will have been handed out to area children.