As the winter chill starts to return to Chicago, many local families again face the need for warm coats and other clothing to protect them against the cold. To help, teenagers with the Go HARD for Christ youth ministry of Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park are collecting and donating new or gently used coats, hats, gloves and other warm clothing to bless families in need. But for some added fun for the youth, the coat drive will be coupled with a free concert, free food and hot chocolate stations, and games and contests with prizes.

The event theme is “Turn Up and Stay Warm” and takes place on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 7:00PM–9:30PM at the Living Word Christian Center Annex, 7600 W. Roosevelt Road, Forest Park, Illinois. The coat drive event and free concert with performances by JMJ and GA3 (aka Gideon’s Army) is for teens ages 13-19. Also included in the evening’s fun is a cool free photo booth to take unlimited selfies

“It’s a chance for our teens to feel good about helping others and also have some family-friendly fun,” says Pastor David Winston, who, along with his wife, Niki, leads the youth ministry Go HARD For Christ at Living Word Christian Center. “It’s been proven that giving back helps build character in teenagers and develops them into concerned and caring leaders. We’re asking everyone to bring new or gently used winter clothing of any size that would bless families in need.”

“We all want to hear more good news about our teens. This event is a way for them to bring their God to their community by showing that they care about what’s happens to others,” Pastor David continues. “Go HARD For Christ invites area youth to be a part of the many activities the ministry does throughout the year. Our ultimate goal is to help connect every young person with their God-given destiny.”

Teens and their parents are invited to visit for more information.