Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Community Caring and Sharing

This Saturday, October 22nd, volunteers will be accepting donations of all kinds at the Whole Foods parking lot in Naperville. Whole Foods is located near the intersection of Rt. 59 and 75th Street.

All donations of household materials such as paint, nails, or roofing shingles will be taken to ReStore of Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity near the Westfield Fox Valley Mall. They in turn will sell the products with the money being used to raise funds to help put roofs over the heads of working families who can’t afford to shop the regular housing market.

And don’t forget that the holiday season is fast approaching! Please check your pantry shelves for items you bought on sale but never got around to using to help families with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether its cereal, soup or a box of stuffing, you will help make the holidays a little brighter!

Winter is supposed to be pretty brutal this year. Please take a look at your closets and see if there are warm coats, boots, mittens and hats that maybe the kids have outgrown that you donate.

Even though we live in a rather affluent area, many families have been affected by the economic downturn in this country. You probably have homes in your areas that are in foreclosure and perhaps you are noticing more people who are homeless these days. You see them standing near a stoplight with a sign, maybe pushing all their worldly goods in a shopping cart or passing by someone who is down trodden. So many have lost their homes, their jobs and their savings. For those of us who have been able to maintain our quality of living, won’t you please consider helping those in our community who have not been as fortunate.

The need is greater than ever. It is the time for all of us to work together to help one another. Please don’t let a child go without a present at Christmas, walk to school without a warm jacket or go to bed hungry this year.

Sharing your blessings will not only help your neighbors but will do your heart good!

Another opportunity to donate to the community is through: http://www.givingdupage.org/

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