ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Community members were invited to share the warmth with State Representative-Elect Maurice West at the 5th annual Share the Warmth Drive. The drive collected blankets and winter coats for local families in need. Attendees got to enjoy some holiday music performed by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. West founded Share the Warmth-Rockford in 2014 as an initiative to help end homelessness in the stateline.
"Showing an attitude of gratitude. You know it could easily be one of us who’s in need of some of these blankets or coats. You just never know our life circumstances, so since it's not us at the moment, let's help other people who are in need of it right now,” said Representative-elect Maurice West.