The freeze shelter is set to open at Youth Services System in Wheeling this Sunday, but days before that, we're thinking about those out on the streets as the low temperatures dip far below freezing.
This winter, even children know the cold reality that some face out on the streets. The pre-school class at Sikora-Montessori school started collecting blankets for the homeless two weeks ago. The idea was brought up by six-year-old student Braden Wade. Braden said, "When my mom was driving, she saw a man walking on the street, and she gave him chili." When asked why he thought his mother did this, Braden said, "To spread the love."
Now Braden is doing just that in the form of warmth, at the freeze shelter. The shelter will open up for the season this Sunday, and are busy preparing for the first wave of guests.
The class is collecting blankets until 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, they will then drop them off at the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center, where they will be donated to the freeze shelter and put to good use on cold nights.