CHICAGO (CBS) — Giving one apparently homeless man a winter jacket is not enough for two Chicago Police officers, whose generosity is depicted on a video that has gone viral.
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Officers Peter White and Robert Osborne encountered a possibly homeless man some weeks ago on a busy expressway exit ramp. They issued him a ticket, but promised the panhandler a real winter coat to replace his flimsy jacket.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Sunny And Dry With A Gradual Warmup
White and Osborne spotted the man again at the end of January and delivered on their promise. Osborne taped the soon-to-be viral video of the encounter.
“I don’t think that he gets people actually truly caring, and it felt nice for us, but I think he was appreciative himself,” said Osborne.MORE NEWS: At Least 4 People Killed, 41 Wounded In Gun Violence In Chicago So Far This Weekend
That encounter and more inspired the officers to start a clothing drive. Winter gear of all sizes will be accepted at the Austin District Police Station at 5701 W. Madison.