"Kids Helping Kids" Seeks Young Volunteers

GENEVA, IL | Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Merlin Muffler & Brake's Snug Hugs for Kids Winter Clothing Drive Asks Illinois Young People to Lend a Hand

Merlin Muffler & Brake shops throughout the state of Illinois are seeking young people to volunteer and assist in the collection of new and like-new winter clothing for the 14th annual Snug Hugs for Kids´┐Ż drive. The youth component, called Kids Helping Kids, encourages young people to get involved and do something tangible to assist their less fortunate peers. Each year, groups including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, youth groups, sports teams, and clubs participate by gathering items to be donated, such as coats, hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, slippers, afghans, and baby items. Additionally, the participating groups have the option of earning a collectible badge. The new and like-new winter clothing will be collected at all Illinois Merlin shops from November 1st through December 6th. On December 7th, the clothing will all be delivered to Children’s Home & Aid program centers, where it will go to clothe more than 40,000 young people, from newborn to late teens, in need. Volunteers and groups can drop off all donated clothing at any Merlin Muffler & Brake shop in Illinois between November 1st and December 6th. For more information and a list of locations, please visit www.merlins.com. Merlin has partnered with Children's Home & Aid for the past fourteen years. The partnership is beneficial to both organizations because Merlin has the means to collect a large quantity of clothing and Children's Home & Aid distributes the clothing to those children and families most in need. Founded in 1883, Children's Home & Aid continues a mission of giving help, hope, and opportunity to children with a variety of emotional, physical, and behavioral needs. Saving children's lives, moving families forward, and going where the need is greatest, Children's Home & Aid serves nearly 44,000 children and families throughout Illinois each year through services like adoption, foster care, child care, education, and counseling. You can find more information at www.chasi.org. Merlin Muffler & Brake shops offer a neighborhood approach to automotive repair and service. Founded in 1975, the company is ranked fifth among nationally franchised undercar service chains. Merlin’s is headquartered in Geneva , IL and has 70 shops in Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, Texas, & Wisconsin .

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