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Improve a Child’s Life With Your Gift of Warmth

Automotive Service Chain Seeking Donations of Winter Outerwear

ST. CHARLES, Ill – The 28th annual Snug Hugs for Kids™ winter clothing drive begins Oct. 29 and concludes on Dec. 11, 2018. New or like-new winter items sized to fit newborn to 18 year old children can be dropped off at your local Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop. Items most needed are clothing articles sized for children newborn to seven years old and include:

  • Coats & Boots
  • Hats & Scarves
  • Mittens & Gloves
  • Sweaters & Socks
  • Full Size Blankets or Afghans

Merlin Shops are also conducting a Red Mitten fundraising campaign to further support the mission of Children’s Home & Aid, Merlin’s Charity partner. For just a $1 donation you can help by writing your name on a Red Mitten that will be on display during the campaign at the sponsoring Merlin Shop. All monies collected will be donated to Children’s Home & Aid, a leading child and family service agency who each year serve 40,000+ children and families.

“Many families struggle to provide the necessary outerwear for their children that allow them to attend school or play outside. With the cold winter months fast approaching, we are asking for your help in impacting a child’s life with a donation of children’s warm winter items or by donating $1 to our Red Mitten Campaign. Children’s Home & Aid will distribute all clothing donations to the families that truly need them and fund programs that positively impact children’s lives,” said Merlin 200,000 Miles Director of Marketing Penny McDowell.

On Dec. 12, Merlin franchisees, corporate staff and vendor partners will deliver all the donations to strategically located Children’s Home + Aid family centers. Over 20 Merlin vans and vendor trucks will form a caravan to deliver an anticipated 9+ tons of clothing.

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