Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Can You Donate Food, Clothing Or Toys To Your Neighbors?

With the holidays approaching, and cold weather already here, both Alds. Cappleman and Osterman are promoting ways for generous residents to make the season a little happier and a lot warmer for our neighbors in need:

From Ald. Cappleman's latest weekly newsletter:
  • "My office is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository this holiday season for its "One City, One Food Drive" campaign. You can join the fight against hunger by dropping off shelf-sustainable food donations at the 46th Ward office. The most needed items include canned beans & chili, peanut butter, soup, jelly, tuna, and other non-perishable items.  We have Food Drive bags and boxes that you can pick-up at the Ward Office to collect items from your friends and neighbors. Just bring them back to my office when they are full. Click here for more information.
  • Clothing items.  The City of Chicago's Community Service Center at 845 W. Wilson needs newly purchased gloves, socks, caps, and underwear for adults and families that come to them in need. The greatest need right now is for adult clothing. We are using my office as the drop-off location to save space at the community center, so feel free to drop these off during our office hours (Monday night we are open late from 5-7), or call 773-878-4646 to arrange a different time.
  • Toys for Tots.  The 46th Ward is also participating with Toys for Tots again this year since they serve many of the children in our community. Again, please feel free to drop off your purchased toys at the 46th Ward office. If you or anyone you know would like to apply to receive toys this Christmas, click here. When:  Now through Monday, December 8. Where: 46th Ward Office; 4544 N. Broadway" 

From Ald. Osterman's latest weekly newsletter:
  • "48th Ward Hat and Glove Drive.  
Last year, we collected over 400 hats and gloves for students at our local schools. Join us in our effort to surpass last year's number in our annual Hat & Glove Drive benefiting 48th Ward elementary schools: Swift, McCutcheon, Goudy, Hayt and Peirce Elementary. This drive will provide warm clothes to children in need in our community. You can bring hats and gloves to the 48th Ward office at 5533 N. Broadway. Our office is open Monday - Friday 9:00am-5:00pm and by appointment in the evening. The drive will end on Friday, December 12.
  • Andersonville Toy Drive for Care for Real.  The Andersonville Toy Drive for Care for Real begins on Saturday, November 22 during St. Morten’s Gos Day, the quirky kick-off to the holiday season in the Andersonville neighborhood, and there are many opportunities for Andersonville and Edgewater residents and businesses to lend a hand toward this great effort! Starting this day, you can drop off toys at three local businesses: The Coffee Studio, 5628 N. Clark George’s Ice Cream & Sweets, 5306 N. Clark Foursided Custom Framing Gallery, 5061 N. Clark. Toys can also be dropped off at the 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman’s office at 5533 N. Broadway during their regular business hours. Toys will be collected through Monday, December 15th. For more information on the drive click here."
If you are able, please donate generously to help those who are in need of a little assistance to get through the long winter.

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