Senator Johnson donates coats, hats with help from community

More than 40 coats and 200 hats to go to local organizations

BUFFALO GROVE – Thanks to donations from residents of the district she represents, state Sen. Adriane Johnson, D-Buffalo Grove, will give more than 40 coats and 200 hats to local organizations to help people stay warm this winter.

“Many of us take having winter coats, gloves and hats for granted, not realizing how many people go without each cold season,” Johnson said in a news release. “I am so grateful to the people across the district who generously donated jackets that will keep their neighbors warm.”

Johnson had three drop-off locations throughout the district – one in North Chicago, one in Vernon Hills and one in Waukegan.

When Lake County resident Pat Pertolanitz heard about Johnson’s coat drive, she knew she wanted to help and offer a personal touch. Pertolanitz created and donated 200 hand-knitted hats.

“The generosity of Ms. Pertolanitz is unmatched,” Johnson said. “Not only was she willing to donate to our efforts, but she worked tirelessly to craft hats people will be able to use for years. I am beyond thankful for her kindness.”

The donations will be given to the Vernon Hills Park District, the Urban Muslim Minority Alliance, Waukegan Township and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to distribute to residents.