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Video Of Chicago Police Officer Giving Man A Thicker Coat Goes Viral

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.

WBBM's Bob Roberts reports.

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.

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.

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.

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