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Kids Helping Kids Stay Warm

Local children’s organizations can help their peers stay warm by collecting winter clothing

Girl Scout, Boy Scout, school, church, and youth groups can help make a difference in another child’s life by collecting new and like-new kids winter clothing as part of the Kids Helping Kids Program (KHK).

The greatest need is for items sized to fit newborn to 7 year old children, however, items sized to fit 8-18 year olds are also welcomed.

Items most needed include the following:

  • coats, hats and scarves
  • mittens, adult gloves and sweaters
  • pants, boots and socks

Kids Helping Kids is part of the Snug Hugs for Kids winter clothing drive, now in its 27th year, conducted by Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops. Donations can be dropped off at any Merlin Shop in November and December. Youth organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church Groups, school Groups, youth groups and more can earn an embroidered patch by submitting a KHK registration and patch request form after completing the donation. Forms can be obtained at Merlin Shops or by emailing

“Many local families will need a little extra help to provide their children the necessary winter clothing to allow them to attend school or play outside. A donation of clothing helps warm both the hands and hearts of the local recipient,” said Merlin 200,000 Miles Director of Marketing Penny McDowell.

In the past, groups have conducted school or neighborhood clothing drives or purchased new clothing with fundraised money and refurbished or embellished the clothing. Used clothing should be clean, free of holes and have working zippers. Group projects include embellishing inexpensive stretchy gloves with bows, sequins or buttons or outfitting an imaginary child with the winter items they need such as a coat, hat, scarf, gloves and boots.

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