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Bears kick off 23rd annual coat drive

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Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher appreciates simplicity, which is why he's so supportive of the team's annual coat drive.

Grab some jackets and coats, and drop them off at any number of Jewel-Osco locations in the area, Urlacher said.

Besides, Urlacher embraces the drive because it's led by head equipment manager Tony Medlin.

"It's very important to him, as you can tell, so it's important to us," Urlacher said.

Medlin said they received 25,000 gently used jackets and coats last year, and they hope to top that number this year. Donations will be accepted from Monday through Dec. 4.

The Salvation Army is grateful.

"What's great for us is, great organizations like the Bears and Jewel come together, and resources are allowed to meet need," said Major Greg Thompson of the Salvation Army.

There will not be a collection at any games, given the success of the drop offs at the Jewel-Osco stores, Medlin said.

A store locator can be found by clicking on this link

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