Chicagoans share warmth at one of nation’s largest coat drives

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CHICAGO -- Chicago has long been known as "The City that Works," and on Saturday, for Catrina Jones, it finally lived up to its slogan.

She received free winter coats for her grandchildren directly from mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Jones is one of thousands of people who lined up in chilly temperatures at the UIC Forum to attend one of the nation's largest coat drives.

The event is organized by the national non-profit known as Operation Warm Together with the Chicago Housing Authority. It provides coats, flu shots, books and healthy food to some of Chicago's neediest families

The mayor himself volunteered, saying a warm coat is a necessity in a cold city like Chicago, and the lack of one should never be the thing that keeps Chicago from being the city that works -- or goes to school.