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Coat drive helps Sycamore stay warm

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 9:54 a.m. CDT
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Deb Loitz (center) of Northern Rehab delivered more than 30 coats and assorted winter gear to the Sycamore United Methodist Church after Northern Rehab held a drive for the church's coat ministry. Ministry chairs Mary Ann Warman (right) and Jim Fisher (left) are pictured with Loitz.

Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists held a community drive over the holidays to collect needed winter coats, hats, mittens and gloves for Sycamore United Methodist Church Coat Ministry. More than 30 coats and numerous hats, gloves, scarves, and some boots were recently delivered.

“We are so grateful for these donations,” ministry co-chairwoman Mary Ann Warman said in a news release. “With it being so cold early in the season, the need for warm coats and winter gear has increased. Now, we are able to help more people stay warm throughout the winter season.”

“Northern Rehab strongly believes in supporting our community. It is our pleasure to give back to our community and assist those in our neighborhoods to stay warm and dry this winter,” Deb Loitz, director of community relations at Northern Rehab, said in the release.

The Coat Ministry is open from noon to 4 p.m. every Monday, during food pantry hours at the church, 160 Johnson Ave. in Sycamore. The pantry is open until 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. For information, visit or call 815-895-9113.