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Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops Keep Kids Warm

Automotive Chain Wrap Up Their 27th Annual Snug Hugs for Kids Clothing Drive

Illinois children and families received approximately 10,000 lbs. of winter gear just before the cold artic weather arrived as a result of the Snug Hugs for Kids Clothing Drive sponsored by Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops. The clothing donated by local residents and customers at local Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops was distributed by Merlin’s charity partner Children’s Home + Aid, a leading child and family service agency that each year helps more than 40,000 underprivileged children and their families throughout the state.

Merlin Shops also conducted their Warm Hands and Hearts Red Mitten fundraiser and combined with donations from Merlin strategic partners; U.S. AutoForce, Advance Auto Parts, and the Chicago Wolves, a total of $20,000 was donated to Children’s Home + Aid to help support essential services such as the Power of Fathers program which helps dads become economically self-sufficient and fully engaged in the lives of their children.

On Dec. 14, over 20 Merlin vans, the Chicago Wolves delivery truck, and multiple radio partners formed a caravan that started at the Merlin Shop in Hanover Park, Ill. and traveled to the Children’s Home + Aid Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child and Family Center in Chicago to deliver the clothes. The next morning before the sun rose, families served by Children’s Home + Aid throughout Chicagoland lined up at the center patiently waiting their turn to gather warm winter items for their kids.

Two additional programs and multiple collection events supported the Snug Hugs for Kids collection effort, which brought in significant donations:

  • The 21st annual Crochet & Knit-A-Thon gathered more than one ton of handcrafted items from volunteers who knit and crochet in over nine states and two countries.
  • Girl Scout, Boy Scout and youth groups participated in Kids Helping Kids and gathered donations in pursuit of a collectible patch supplied by Merlin.
  • Radio station partners, Alpha Media; 95.9 WERV-FM , 103.9 WFXF-FM, 105.5 WZSR-FM, 96.7 WSSR- FM, 102.3 WXLC-FM, 95.1 WIIL-FM conducted 40+ collection events.
  • 101.1 WKQX-FM offered the first 35 concert goers in line early entry to their “ The Nights We Stole Christmas” when they donated a new coat to Snug Hugs for Kids.
  • The Chicago Wolves collected all season long at their practice facility and at Allstate Arena resulting in an entire box truck full of donations for the children.
  • 94.7 WLS-FM sponsored the celebratory luncheon after the delivery at Carnivale Restaurant in Chicago.

About Children’s Home + Aid

Children’s Home + Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. The organization helps children recover their health, their hope, and their faith in the people around them. We link children to a network of opportunity and care, to extended family, teachers, mentors, and the resources of the neighborhood and community. For more than 130 years, the organization has gone wherever children and families need them, and where that work has been proven to be most effective: at home, in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in the course of daily life. The organization has offices located across Illinois and serves more than 40,000 children and families in over 60 counties each year. For more information about Children’s Home + Aid, visit

About Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops

Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops offer a neighborhood approach to automotive service and provides both repair and maintenance services as well as tire replacement and tire services. Merlin’s DRIVE FOR 200,000, the industry’s most comprehensive and affordable maintenance program, supports vehicle owners thousands of miles beyond the usual manufacturer’s maintenance requirements and has positioned Merlin as the leader in vehicle longevity. Founded in 1975, Merlin is headquartered in St. Charles, Illinois. In February 2014, Driven Brands acquired Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops. For more information, please visit