The giveaway, open to people in need, took place in a bus parked at North Aurora Police Department.

North Aurora college student gives away winter gear

NORTH AURORA, Ill.Jan. 4, 2021 — Maddie’s Mitten March distributed free winter coats, hats, gloves, mitten, scarves and boots from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3. 

The giveaway, open to people in need, took place in a bus parked at North Aurora Police Department. North Aurora resident Madeline “Maddie” Bozik, 21, founder and director of the nonprofit initiative, was assisted by her parents Mark and Vickie, sister Lexie and Laura Dodson of St. Charles.

Maddie's Mitten March leader Madeline Bozik
Madeline “Maddie” Bozik of North Aurora (Al Benson photo)

A nursing student at Methodist College in Peoria, Bozik founded MMM in 2008 at age 10. While pursuing college studies, she serves as a certified emergency medical technician for fire departments in West Peoria, Roanoke and Germantown Hills. Bozik graduated from West Aurora High School in 2017. 

She said, “Our mission is to collect money and clothing to provide clothing directly to underprivileged individuals or organizations that will distribute the clothing to underprivileged individuals. We focus on distributing winter clothing in Kane County with the ability to distribute clothing throughout Illinois based on availability of clothing and finances.”

Maddie's Mittens March interviewed
Madeline “Maddie” Bozik of North Aurora interviews with a Chicago WGN-TV Ch. 9 videographer during a Maddie’s Mitten March winter-gear giveaway Sunday, Jan. 3, at North Aurora Police Department parking lot. (Al Benson photo)

Monetary and apparel donations are needed to continue Maddie’s Mitten March. Go to https://www.mittenmobile.com/donate for more information.


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Al Benson
Freelance Photo-Journalist

Al Benson is an Aurora-based freelance photo-journalist. He is currently an archives research specialist at Aurora University. His work has appeared in The Voice, The Daily Herald, The Beacon-News, and the Chicago Tribune.



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