Charity Briefs for June 26, 2012
June 25, 2012 4:00PM
Legendary rock 'n' roll disc jockey Dick Biondi (second from right) takes part as Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in Tinley Park presents a $5,000 check to the Disabled Patriot Fund. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 27, 2012 6:15AM
Summer staples: Together We Cope is seeking certain staples that are in short supply at its food pantry. Canned soup, pasta, rice and breakfast cereal in particular can be dropped off at the pantry, 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Contact Carol Ettema, pantry director, at (708) 633-5040 if you wish to conduct a food drive for those items.
Fore scholarships: De La Salle Institute is hosting its 2012 Golf Classic on June 27 at Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Road, Lemont. Registration and continental breakfast are at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., and cocktail reception, dinner and prizes about 2 p.m. Tickets are $150 per golfer and include 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Cocktails and dinner only are $50 per person. Sponsorships are available. Proceeds benefit the scholarship program at De La Salle Institute. Contact Maggie McEldowney at (312) 842-7355, Ext. 146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comedy for a cause: Owners Dean Vaundry and Chuck JaBaay are hosting a Stand Up for MS benefit June 29 at CD & ME, 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. live show featuring comedians Ken Sevara, of Frankfort, Mike Toomey, of New Lenox, and Brian Hicks, of Mokena. Tickets cost $20, with all proceeds going to MS: Mission Possible. Food and drink will be available for an additional charge. For more information or to buy tickets, call (815) 469-7315.
Golf gala: The Rich Township District 227 High School Educational Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Golf Outing & Gala on June 29 at the University Golf Club & Conference Center, 23520 Crawford Ave., University Park. Golf will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. on an 18-hole championship golf course, with dinner following at 5:30 p.m. Golf and dinner are $100. Dinner only is $45. Proceeds benefit scholarships for District 227 students. Last year, nine $2,000 scholarships were awarded to seniors. Email email@example.com or call (708) 679-5908.
Fore Mammo: Joliet Catholic Academy will hold a Mammo’s Whack That Ball golf outing June 29 at the Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox in honor of student Matt Mammosser, who recently died. Check-in is at noon, with golf beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $100 per person or $400 per foursome, which includes golf, range, cart, lunch and dinner. Sponsorship and advertisement opportunities are available. Download a participation form at www.jca-online.org, register online at www.mammoscorner.com or drop off checks at The Home Depot, 3001 Plainfield Road, Joliet.
Moonlight bike ride: L.A.T.E. Ride, Long After Twilight Ends, starts at 10:30 p.m. June 30 beginning and ending at Buckingham Fountain at Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive in Chicago. The event kicks off with a band, followed by a 25-mile bike ride at 1 a.m. July 1. Cost is $45 and includes T-shirt and goody bag. Bike rentals are available. L.A.T.E. Ride benefits Friends of the Parks. Register at www.lateride.org.
“Fighting 4 Fitz”: A benefit for Alex Fitzgerald, a student at Jack Hille Middle School in Oak Forest who was struck by a car and severely injured April 20 while walking with his friends after a school play, will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. July 1 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. in Merrionette Park. The cost is $30 per adult, $10 for kids ages 6 to 13, and includes draft beer and wine for adults, food, pop, raffles, auctions and activities for kids. Fitzgerald suffered head trauma, plus facial, head, collarbone and leg fractures. Fitzgerald is recovering, but the medical bills will be insurmountable for his family. For more information on the fundraiser or to donate, visit www.facebook.com/Fighting4Fitz or www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_detailsfundraiser_id=2580&url=fighting4fitz.
Controlled burn: Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in participating in the New Lenox Fire Foundation’s first “Controlled Burn” Beef Cook-Off on July 28 may pick up an application at New Lenox Fire Station No. 1, 261 E. Maple St. Entry fees are $150, which includes a 15-pound roast. Rules and regulations will be provided in the application packet. The cook-off will be held in conjunction with Proud American Days. After the competition is judged, the remaining beef will be sold to the public. All proceeds will benefit the New Lenox Fire Foundation’s Save a Life Program. Registration deadline is July 1. Call New Lenox Fire Station No. 1 at (815) 463-4500.
Pizza for a cause: St. Christopher School and Kenootz Pizzeria have teamed up for an Eat and Earn Fundraiser on the first Tuesday of each month. July 2 is the next scheduled fundraiser. Kenootz Pizzeria, 4659 W. 147th St., Midlothian, is donating 25 percent of all profits for dine-in, carry-out and delivery order (before taxes, gratuity, and coupons) to the school. Be sure to mention St. Christopher when ordering to have the percentage donated. Call the pizzeria at (708) 535-0005.
Caring for servicemen and women: Bremen High School junior Thomas (T.J.) Kaniewski, in conjunction with the Midlothian Veterans Committee, has organized a care package drive for servicemen and women from Friday through July 8 at the following locations: Thunder Over Midlothian (Friday at Memorial Park); Hog Wild, 14933 Pulaski Road; Midlothian VFW, 14817 Pulaski Road; St. Stephen Church, 14700 S. Kildare Ave.; and St. Christopher Church, 4130 W. 147th St. Donations will be accepted at St. Stephen’s and St. Christopher’s offices from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a list of products accepted, call (708) 674-9079.
Volunteers needed: Neat Repeats Resale is having Volunteer Recruitment Days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 and 23 at both its Orland Park and Worth stores. Volunteers are needed at both stores to cashier, arrange displays, accept donations and assist customers. The stores are at 9028 W. 159th St. in Orland Park and 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth. Neat Repeats Resale is owned and operated by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, and all proceeds support programs for victims of domestic violence. Call the Orland Park store manager at (708) 364-7605 or Worth manager at (708) 361-6860.
Fore kids: The Mokena Community Park Foundation is holding its inaugural President’s Cup Golf Outing on July 16, with all proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a scramble shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. A two-hour open bar, dinner, prizes and raffles will begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $500 per foursome, which includes golf, carts, lunch and dinner. Dinner only is $50 per person. Registration deadline is July 9. Sponsorship opportunities are available; deadline is June 29. Call the Mokena Park District at (708) 390-2401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunny forecast for outing: NBC meteorologist Andy Avalos will serve as emcee at the Action Sertoma Club’s 12th Annual Golf Outing on July 11 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. Registration is at 8 a.m.; the shotgun/best ball start is at 9 a.m. The cost is $135, which includes continental breakfast, Bloody Mary starter, lunch, refreshments on the course, cocktails and steak dinner after golf, prizes and games. Contact Joe Varanauski at (708) 921-0159 or email@example.com.
Fore disabled veterans: Supporters of the Disabled Patriot Fund will have their 2012 golf outing July 12 at the Green Garden Country Club in Frankfort. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The cost is $150, which includes golf and cart, lunch, dinner and other refreshments. There also will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, specialty holes and prizes. DPF is an all-volunteer group of business people from the south suburbs that provides financial assistance for disabled military veterans. Call Dave Wagner at (708) 646-3468.
Golf for New Hope: New Hope Center is holding its 6th Annual Golf Outing on July 13 at Glenwoodie Golf Course in Glenwood. Registration and lunch are at 11a.m., a putting contest at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and awards are at 6 p.m. Golf packages are $125 per person, which includes green fees, cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, dinner, door prizes and entry into the putting contest. Golf-only packages are $90 per person, and dinner-only packages are $50 per person. Sponsorships range from $100 to $3,500. Contact Jeff Gajewski at (708) 841-1071, Ext. 227.
Relay for Life: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of New Lenox will be July 13 at Lincoln-Way West High School. Contact the American Cancer Society at (708) 633-7770 or visit Relayforlife.org/newlenoxil.
For Abby: A fundraiser for Abby Wujcik, a first-grader at Kolmar Avenue Elementary School who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, 54th Avenue and 99th Street. Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, face painting, basket raffles and a silent auction are included. Donations of gift cards are sought. Contact Dawn Wujcik at (708) 229-2965.
Summer of Shoes: ShoeHeals Inc., a Chicago-based nonprofit, will hold a flip-flop-themed party from 4 to 8 p.m. July 20 at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop at 5428 S. Lake Park Ave. in Chicago’s Hyde Park community. Attendees should wear their most stylish flip-flops for a chance to win $50, $30 and $15 gift certificates from AKIRA Chicago. The fashion retailer also is providing $10 gift cards with a food purchase at the event, which is part of its “Summer of Shoes” campaign. ShoeHeals, which provides new shows for those in need, will receive 25 percent of the proceeds from all Potbelly sales during the party.
Mini golf tourney: Bridges to a New Day counseling agency is hosting a mini golf charity tournament fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at Wilderness Falls Mini Golf in Bolingbrook. The tournament includes two rounds of golf and lunch. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12, which includes games, prizes and a gift bag. Hole sponsorships are available. Contact Bridges to a New Day at (815) 838-2690.
Fore Education: The District 230 Foundation will hold its annual golf outing July 23 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. The event supports Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew high schools. The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes a cart, lunch and dinner. Sponsorships are available. For a registration form, sponsorship details and online payment, visit www.d230foundation.org or contact Carla Erdey at (708) 745-5222 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand raffle: Tickets are available for Park Lawn’s annual Grand Raffle Drawing, to be held July 26 at Park Lawn School and Activity Center, 10833 S. LaPorte in Oak Lawn. Tickets are $100 each and only 999 will be sold. The grand prize is a choice of $15,000 cash, a 2011 Harley-Davidson Softail FXS Blackline, a 2012 Ford Focus or a 2012 Ford Fiesta. Park Lawn is a nonprofit serving individuals with developmental disabilities. For tickets, visit or mail Park Lawn, or call (708) 425-6867.
Free breakfasts in Burbank: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option will provide free breakfast to children from 7:45 to 8:05 a.m. July 9 through 27 at Luther Burbank School, 8235 Linder Ave., Burbank. All meals must be eaten in the cafeteria; no carry-outs allowed. Contact Carolyn M. Ford at (708) 496-0500.
Garage sale items wanted: Donations of household items, electronics and other gently used goods are being accepted for the inaugural New Lenox Rotary Community Garage Sale, to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through July 14 at the New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Parkway. Proceeds will help fund the Rotary’s charitable events. All unsold items will be donated to New Lenox Goodwill. Contact Kate Hall at email@example.com.
Dianne Masters Cup: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia will host the annual Dianne Masters Cup golf outing and dinner Aug. 14 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The ticket price of $150 per person includes golf, continental breakfast, lunch, cocktails, dinner, raffle prizes and contests on the course. Dinner-only tickets are $50. Sponsorships are available. Visit www.crisisctr.org or contact Christopher Beele at (708) 429-7255, Ext. 118.
Caring for Caryn: A benefit for Caryn Knott, who is fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer, will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at Morgan’s Restaurant, 18700 Old LaGrange Road, Mokena. Tickets are $25 per person and include food, beer, wine and soft drinks. There also will be live entertainment, bean bag tournaments and a raffle for a Honda CRV or $15,000 cash. Contact Julie Wasowicz at (708) 846-3590, Becky Doyle at (815) 641-4800 or visit www.caringforcaryn.com.
Fashion fundraiser: TruVision Productions NFP will present “A Transformation Celebration” fundraiser fashion show from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Oak Lawn Hilton, 9333 S. Cicero Ave. Tickets cost $100 in advance and include entertainment, performances and a display from local fashion designers and boutiques. Proceeds will benefit TruVision Productions and New Era Academy of Performing and Visual Arts. Contact Jacqueline D. Sanders at (708) 359-4166.
Dream ticket: The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation for Educational Excellence has kicked off its $100,000 Lincoln-Way Dream Raffle. Ticket-buyers receive $100 in coupons from local businesses. The grand prize is $100,000, with eight second prizes of $1,000. Buy tickets online at www.dreamraffle.org. The last day to buy tickets is Sept. 15. Contact Linda Lopez at (815) 462-2976.
“Fun”draiser for Sydney: A fundraiser for Sydney Lagrassa, 13, is to be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 28 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Sydney was diagnosed with DiGeorge syndrome and has endured 11 surgeries since she was an infant. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and will include buffet, beer and wine, entertainment, raffles, split the pot, silent auction and other activities. Donations of items for the raffle and auction are sought and financial donations are accepted at Archer Bank, 3435 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655. Contact Heather Grencik at (708) 269-0856.
Run for a cause: Athletes are invited to run this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7 as part of the Special Olympics Chicago team. Registration has opened at www.sochicago.org. There is no cost to join the Special Olympics Chicago running team, however, participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000. Runners will also need to register for the Chicago Marathon at www.chicagomarathon.com.
Housing for homeless: Applications for South Suburban PADS’ new permanent supportive housing program are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the agency’s main office, 414 W. Lincoln Highway in Chicago Heights. PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has six newly renovated apartments in Blue Island and Oak Lawn available. Qualified candidates will be eligible for the rental units based on the order in which applications are received. Contact Charmayne Thames at (708) 754-4357, Ext. 126.
Books Sought: Books are being collected to enhance the library of the Illinois Youth Facility, a maximum security facility in Joliet. People can drop off books appropriate for boys ages 13 to 20 at Curves, 20833 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. Scholastic and chapter books, workbooks, kids magazines and comics, hard covers and paperbacks are sought. Information: Kay MacNeil at (815) 469-1294 or Nella Piccolin at (815) 469-4996.
Donations sought: The American Association of Single Parents, Inc., in Park Forest, is seeking program materials and monetary donations after losing more than $7,000 in materials needed for its Academics Creating Excellence After-School and Summer Day Camp programs when its former location went into foreclosure. Checks should be made payable to American Association of Single Parents and mailed to P.O. Box 226, Chicago Heights, IL 60466, or make a donation by PayPal at www.aasp-inc.org. For a list of materials needed, contact Nicole Howell at (708) 705-2430 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purr-fect Donations: The South Suburban Humane Society is seeking donations to help take care of kittens. The humane society is registered at Target and Wal-Mart. Donated items also can be dropped off at The South Suburban Humane Society at 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, or the SSHS Spay/Neuter Clinic at 18349 S. Halsted St., Glenwood.
Summer Attire Needed: Nu2u, Together We Cope’s resale shop at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park, seeks donations of children’s spring and summer clothing in all sizes and styles. The nonprofit assists families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburban communities. The store also is open to the public and provides revenue to fund Together We Cope programs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call (708) 633-9180.
Donations sought: The Silver Cross Hospital resale shop, the Encore Shop, is accepting donations of gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items and books. Donations can be dropped off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month at the Encore Shop at 1200 Maple Road, Joliet, just north of the former Silver Cross Hospital Emergency Department. Call (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.
Target St. Christopher School: St. Christopher School in Midlothian is continuing its participation in Target Corp.’s “Take Charge of Education” program. To help the school, individuals need to use their Target REDcard and inform the checkout person that they would like St. Christopher School to receive credit for the purchase. It does not cost the purchaser anything and Target Corp. will donate up to 1 percent of the REDcard purchases to the school.
Help for Share Your Soles founder: Donations are being accepted for Share Your Soles founder Mona Purdy, who lost her apartment building and nearly everything she owned in a fire earlier this year. Share Your Soles collects shoes for underprivileged people worldwide, but Purdy now is trying to get back on her feet personally. Ram Racing has set up an online donation site, at www.ramracing.org/mona. Checks made out to “Benefit for Mona Purdy” also are being accepted at and can be mailed to Standard Bank & Trust, 11901 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL 60464.
Shopping for school: The Summit Hill Educational Foundation is part of the Dominick’s family of stores’ eScrip program. To participate in the SHEF fundraiser, individuals need to register their Fresh Values cards at Dominick’s. For information, call (815) 474-9052 or visit email@example.com.
Donations needed: Neat Repeats Resale stores in Orland Park and Worth are in need of gently used women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry along with small household appliances and kitchen items in good working order. The Neat Repeats stores depend on community residents to provide the inventory for the retail operations. All donations benefit women and children who are receiving services free of charge from the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. Items can be dropped off at either store location: 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth, (708) 361-6860; or 9028 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, (708) 364-7605.
Donations sought: The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is seeking donations as part of its annual appeal. In 2012, the museum is trying to raise money for its new “We the People” interactive exhibit, which will teach kids about the importance of patriotism and includes pieces of two beams from the World Trade Center. Donations can be made online at the museum’s website, www.cmoaklawn.org, by following the links to donate or become a member; by mail at Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or in person at the museum. Call (708) 423-6709.
Sharing soles: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia, is collecting shoes for the Share Your Soles organization. Any gently worn shoes will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The goal of the charity is to provide shoes to underprivileged families worldwide. Call (708) 403-4222.
Boot drive: Share Your Soles is seeking donations to help meet the needs of the thousands of bootless children in the Chicago area. Monetary donations and boot donations can be mailed to or dropped off at the Share Your Soles facility, 5623 W. 115th St., Alsip, IL 60803.
Pets for vets: To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, the Animal Welfare League offers all veterans with military ID an exclusive 20 percent adoption fee discount. Adoptions include a free leash and collar or cat carrier, AVID Microchip, 10-day health care and one-year rabies vaccination. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at www.animalwelfareleague.com or by visiting the Chicago Ridge location, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Veterans can also get a 10 percent discount off veterinary services through its clinic, which is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Information: visit www.PetsforPatriots.org or call (877) 473-8223.
Volunteers sought: Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help at “The Giving Tree” donation center at 3016 S. State St. in Lockport. Volunteers will assist with sorting, organizing and distributing a variety of items. Volunteers must be available to help on weekdays and be at least 18. Contact Marianne Holzhauer at (815) 774-4663, Ext. 3105 for information. If you are in need of services, contact Daybreak Center at the same phone number. For more information about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
Ring up donations: South Suburban Family Shelter is seeking cell phone donations and new cell phone collection sites for its ongoing fundraising program. The agency works with a company that specializes in the collection and recycling of used cellular phones. Some cell phone collection sites include: SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road., Flossmoor. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext.303.
Opportunities for animals: The Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge is selling Golden Opportunities Books 2012 for $25 each to raise money for its homeless animals. The books offer 50 percent-off coupons and two-for-one discounts at local restaurants, movies, grocers, sporting events and more. The Chicagoland South Suburban/Northwest Indiana Edition is available at the shelter. Call (708) 636-8586, Ext. 268.
Filling pantries: Working to meet unprecedented demand at its pantries in Worth and Summit, Catholic Charities southwest regional office is accepting donations of food and money earmarked for the pantries at its office, 7000 W. 111th St. in Worth. Call (708) 430-0428.
New program: Sertoma Centre Inc. hopes to reach a growing population of individuals who have been dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness. Its new program is a part of the Developmental Training Programs at Sertoma Centre, which will provide the opportunity for individuals to receive group or individual counseling. Participants in the program also will be given alternatives to talk therapies to better suit the needs of a wide range of individuals. Art, sand and play therapy techniques will be utilized for those who struggle with expressing their thoughts and feelings. Also, the utilization of poetry, music, and journaling will be implemented for relaxation and therapeutic interventions. Contact Heather Beckner at (708) 730-6333 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift cards aid shelter: South Suburban Family Shelter is participating in Jewel-Osco’s gift card program. Gift cards are available for purchase in $25, $50 and $100 increments, and the shelter will receive a 5 percent rebate for cards sold by the agency. Payment is made to South Suburban Family Shelter for the face value of the gift card: Proceeds benefit the programs and services provided free of charge to victims of domestic violence and their families. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext.303, or visit the administrative offices at 18139 Harwood, Homewood.
Tickets for a cause: Sertoma Centre Inc. has joined Tix4Cause.com, a ticket exchange website, to offer a new way for supporters to donate. The Tix4Cause website provides an online platform where ticketholders can donate unwanted tickets to Sertoma Centre and receive a tax deduction. Buyers then purchase these tickets, often at reasonable prices, and Tix4Cause passes 100 percent of the proceeds on to Sertoma Centre. Tix4Cause handles every aspect of customer service including ticket processing and handling. Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park is the first to donate tickets on behalf of Sertoma Centre. The tickets are valued at $140 and include four rounds of open play, 1-18 holes on their course. Sertoma Centre Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides services to more than 625 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities and/or mental illness. Contact Melanie Jones at (708) 730-6206, www.sertomacentre.org or visit www.tix4cause.com.
Shop for PADS: South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has joined the network of charitable organizations that turn gently used fashions and accessories into cash at the Spree store at 151st Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park. All donations of gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses and other accessories donated at the Spree store can earn money for PADS. When individuals drop their items at Spree and select PADS as the charity of their choice, PADS receives a check for these donations. Information: Contact Dawn Thrasher at (708) 754-4357, Ext. 107, or email@example.com.
Furniture helps Sertoma: Sertoma Centre is seeking donations of furniture for resale at its Good as New thrift store, 4331 Lincoln Highway in Matteson. Sertoma will pick up used donated furniture items and provide a receipt for tax purposes. The thrift store sales benefit more than 625 physically or developmentally challenged clients being served at the Sertoma Centre each day. To schedule a free pickup, contact Karey Wentz, Thrift Store manager, at (708) 481-5627, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Replenish the pantry: Elsie’s Pantry, located at Moraine Valley Community Church in Palos Hills, has an ongoing need for canned goods and monetary donations to keep up with the increasing need. Since June 2000, the pantry has served more than 27,000 people living in Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Hickory Hills and parts of Bridgeview, Justice, Orland Park, Willow Springs and Worth. However, donations have decreased over the past two years, forcing the pantry to use its reserves, which, if not replenished, would run out by the end of the year. Canned goods can be brought to the church between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Donations by check may be made to Elsie’s Pantry, 8601 W. 107th St., Palos Hills, 60465. Information: (708) 598-4435.
Free bag of food: New Mercies Community Services was organized in 2003 to provide support services to low-income, elderly and disabled families in south Cook County. The organization operates a food pantry in Midlothian that distributes bags of food twice weekly to this same targeted population. Food distribution is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at New Mercies Community Services, 3824 W. 147th St., Midlothian. Donations to support the service also are sought. Information: Laurie Reed at (708) 606-2864.
Come clean: Together We Cope is seeking donations of personal care items — including shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and disposable razors — that will be shared with families utilizing food pantry services. Donations of any quantity may be dropped off at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburban communities. Information: Suellen or Tina at (708) 633-5040 or www.togetherwecope.org.
Reaching out: Together We Cope in Tinley Park has established an emergency outreach food program with Faith United Methodist Church as a partner. Emergency bags of nonperishable food will be delivered to the Orland Park church to increase outreach to families needing food. The organization seeks to establish similar partnerships with other area churches. Information: Mary Ann Baer at (708) 633-5040.
Furniture pickup: Together We Cope has added an additional day to its schedule for furniture pickups in Tinley Park and nearby suburbs. With pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays, there now is new inventory of gently used furniture twice a week at the organization’s resale shop, located at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. The shop is open six days a week, and a small donation is requested for furniture pickups. Information: Call the shop at (708) 633-9180 or visit www.togetherwecope.org. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in crisis from 27 south suburban communities.
Help soldiers call home: “Cell Phones for Soldiers” was started by two teenagers to help buy calling cards to send to U.S. military stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. They are collecting old cell phones and accessories. The cell phones are recycled for cash and proceeds used to buy the calling cards for the soldiers. “Cell Phones for Soldiers” has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. Daniels Printing and Office Supply, 14800 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, is an official drop-off point for any make or model cell phone. Information: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Seeking senior volunteers: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities is seeking people 55 or older willing to share their talents and help those in need at a variety of local organizations, mainly in the Joliet Diocese. Catholic Charities will match individual interests with available volunteer opportunities and will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: Cindy, (815) 933-7791, Ext. 125.
Donate cell phones: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting old cell phones to be recycled. The recycling process produces revenue to support the shelter’s services. The Rotary Club of Park Forest has paired up with the shelter to help in the collection process. For a list of donation sites, visit www.rotaryofparkforest.org and click on “cell phone locations,” or www.ssfs1.org and click on “donate.”
Wendy’s Night: VFW Post 177 MacDonald-Linn has a fundraiser between 5 and 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Wendy’s Restaurant at 79th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. Proceeds benefit the VFW National Home for Children, located in Michigan. Participants simply order food (drive-through or sit-in) from Wendy’s during this time period, and Wendy’s donates a portion of its profits to this cause.
Food for victims: South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items such as canned soups, vegetables and fruit for its clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products (regular, not sample size please) are also needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood, Homewood. Please call ahead before dropping off items. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.
Text to Give: St. Xavier University’s Department for University Advancement announces a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the university’s Class Gift Fund and the St. Xavier Fund. The program allows donors to make $10 donations using their mobile phones through Give by Cell, an approved mobile giving technology provider. You can make a gift to the Class Gift Fund by texting CLASSGIFT with your first and last name to 20222, or you can make a gift to the St. Xavier Fund by texting SXU with your first and last name to 20222. Donors can give multiple times a month depending on your carrier. Donations are tax-deductible, and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. For information, visit www.givebycell.com.