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Charity Briefs for March 5, 2013

After reminiscing about their prom dresses few years ago Steger natives JulianEdelman (left) MaliRodrigue both 24 held 'Prom night' fundraiser

After reminiscing about their prom dresses of a few years ago, Steger natives Juliana Edelman (left) and Malia Rodrigue, both 24, held a "Prom night" fundraiser in Schererville, raising $6,200 for the American Cancer Society. | Supplied photo

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Updated: April 6, 2013 6:09AM



Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.

Help Cancer Support Center: Dan Murray Insurance, 19150 Wolf Road, Mokena, will donate $10 to the Cancer Support Center for every new home/auto insurance policy quoted during March. For a free review, call (708) 479-2266. For more information about the Cancer Support Center, call (708) 478-3529 or visit www.cancersupportcenter.org.

Josie’s Day: Several local restaurants are combining to raise funds for Josie Nordman, a Homewood teen who is awaiting a lung transplant. On “Josie’s Day,” each Wednesday during March, diners can visit one of four restaurants and receive 10 percent off their order, and a percentage of the sales will be donated to Nordman. A 19-year-old sophomore at Northwestern University, Nordman was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 4 months old. Josie’s Day is March 6 at Cilantro’s, 18755 Dixie Highway, Homewood; March 13 at Egg and I, 222 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; March 20 at Flossmoor Station, 1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor; and March 27 at Twisted Q, 2053 Ridge Road, Homewood. Additionally, Lisa Grant Orthodontics, 18243 Harwood Ave., will donate $100 for up to five Wednesday clients needing braces or Invisalign. Participants who dine at all four restaurants will be entered into a drawing for prizes. To enter, submit all receipts to Grant’s office by 4 p.m. April 5. The drawing will be April 8. For more information, visit the Josie Nordman Lung Transplant page on Facebook.

Relay for Life: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Homewood Flossmoor will hold its annual kickoff event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the Flossmoor Community Church, 847 Hutchison St., Flossmoor. Refreshments will be served, and guests will have the opportunity to win prizes and learn more about this year’s Relay For Life, an overnight event where teams of local businesses, schools, churches, community groups and families build awareness and raise funds to fight cancer. This year’s event will be June 8 at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Volunteers are needed for numerous tasks before and the day of the event. For more information, call (708) 633-7770 or visit Relayforlife.org/homewoodflossmooril. Teams may register online at any time.

Dancing for the Stars: Family Harvest Church and Robb Thompson Ministries will hold a “Dancing for the Stars” fundraiser at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 Convention Center Drive. Robb Thompson Ministries combines amateur dancers with professionally trained local dancers, and contestants will battle for votes or donations to fund projects for clean water, dental clinics and orphanages in Uganda, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, South Africa and India. There will also be gift basket auctions, dinner, music and dancing. Individual tickets are $40, or $55 for VIP seating. Tables for 10 range from $400 to $550. For more information or to buy tickets or donate, visit www.FHCLife.org or call (708) 614-6000.

Fish Fry Benefit: The Lincoln-Way North Music Boosters’ 5th annual Friday Night Fish Fry will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. March 8, March 15 and March 22 at the school, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort. The school’s choir will perform March 15, and the jazz band on March 8 and March 22. Proceeds benefit the music programs. The menu each night includes fried fish, baked potatoes, french fries, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, bread, cole slaw, coffee and lemonade. Tickets are $10 are are available at the door or through the boosters. Curbside service also will be available. For more information, call (815) 462-2968.

Mattress Sale: The Oak Lawn Community High School girls track and field team will hold a mattress sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 in the Spartan Gym, 9400 Southwest Highway. Funds will help pay for equipment, meets and apparel. Brand-name mattresses will be displayed and priced to match every budget. A flyer worth $50 off any purchase is available by visiting the school’s website calendar or click the mattress banner on the homepage at www.olchs.org. For more information, email mfitzgerald1cfs@gmail.com.

Games and Bingo Party: The Sisters of St. Casimir Auxiliary is sponsoring a games/bingo party March 10 at Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave., Chicago. Doors open at noon and the games begin at 2 p.m. There will be refreshments, raffles and a bake sale. Admission is $3. For more information, call (773) 776-1324.

Action Summit: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking volunteers to participate in the 2013 Illinois Action Summit on March 13 in Springfield. Transportation will be arranged from a variety of locations. The day will begin with a briefing on the Alzheimer’s Association policy priorities for 2013. Strategies and tools for a successful visit will also be discussed. The group will visit Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and lawmakers to share personal stories and ask for their support for Alzheimer’s initiatives. To register or for details, visit alz.org/illinois or contact Jen Belkov at (847) 779-6957 or by emailing jbelkov@alz.org.

Walk with Andrew Fundraiser: A “Walk with Andrew” fundraiser to benefit a 15-year-old Lemont High School student who is wheelchair-bound will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. March 16 at the Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Andrew suffered a crippling injury last summer and needs physical therapy if he is to walk again but the family’s insurance is maxed out. Donations can be sent to Hope and Friendship/Walk with Andrew, 721 Hickory St., Lemont, IL 60439. Tickets for the fundraiser are $40, and “Walk with Andrew” T-shirts are $15. For information, tickets or T-shirts, visit www.walkwithandrew.com.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties will hold its annual bowling fundraiser, which helps fund its program that matches volunteer mentors with children who face adversity for long-term mentoring friendships. Local events are 9 to 11 p.m. March 16 at Crest Hill Lanes, 905 Theodore St., Crest Hill; 2 to 4 p.m. March 23 at Laraway Lanes, 1009 W. Laraway Road, New Lenox; police and fire department teams only from noon to 2 p.m. March 24 at Strike ‘N Spare, 811 Northern Ave., Lockport. To sign up or donate, visit www.bbbswillgrundy.org/bfks. Bowlers form teams of five, with each securing a minimum of $100 in donations. For every $150 of donations raised, participants will receive an entry into a raffle for a free iPad. The individual bowler who raises the most money at each event, with a minimum of $750, will win an Apple iPad Mini. Information: (815) 723-2227.

Exceptional Children’s Chrities: The Exceptional Children’s Charities 10th annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash is scheduled for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 16 at Scrementi’s Restaurant, 3760 Chicago Road, Steger. Tickets are $50 per person and include a buffet featuring corned beef and cabbage, open bar, entertainment, door prizes and raffles. For tickets or information, call (708) 679-9700 or email ecckids1@gmail.com.

Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt: An adult egg hunt fundraiser to benefit the Cancer Support Center will be held March 22 at Tinley Bowl, 7601 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park. Adults over 21 will look for plastic eggs in the dark with a flashlight, and there will be bowling and pizza. Check-in begins at 8 p.m., and the egg hunt starts at 8:30 p.m. Eggs will contain candy, raffle tickets and a few surprises. Guests must bring their own flashlights. The cost of the event is $25 per person. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged. For information, tickets or to donate raffle prizes, contact Maggie at (708) 363-0187 or Tim at (708) 244-3906.

A Heart For Mary: Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort, Inc., will hold a benefit to help Mary Collopy pay for her hospital bills, physical therapy sessions and other expenses. “A Heart For Mary” will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight March 22 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Tickets are $25 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 6 to 12, and are for sale at the pet resort, 10051 Kitty Ave., Chicago Ridge. Children 5 and under are free. Admission includes a food buffet, beer and wine for guests over 21, raffles, silent auctions and musical entertainment. Minors must be accompanied by an adult at least 25 years old. Collopy is recovering from a triple bypass and has no medical insurance. For more information, call (708) 636-3647, or visit www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/a-heart-for-mary/40211.

Clothes for Homeless Vets: Pfc. Ted Stempien VFW Post 8821, 5104 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, will collect clothes for homeless veterans from 8 a.m. to noon March 23 and 24 at the post. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing all are needed. For more information, contact Post Cmdr. Mike DeRoss at (773) 403-3789 or email acadeccoach@aol.com.

Teachers Hit Dance Floor: The Summit Hill Educational Foundation will host its annual Dancing with the Teachers fundraiser at 2 p.m. March 24 at Lincoln-Way North High School, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort. Six School District 161 teachers will compete, raising funds to provide grants for teachers to benefit students. Professional dancers at Fred Astaire dance studio in Mokena provide dance instructions to the teachers. There will also be raffles and an online auction. For more information, visit www.SummitHillFoundation.org, call (815) 474-9052 or email board@summithillfoundation.org.

Red Dress Event: Burlington Coat Factory is launching its second annual Red Dress Event, joining WomenHeart and The Heart Truth To Raise Awareness for the Importance of Women’s Heart Health. Through Easter, all Burlington stores, including the one at 7061 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, will feature a prominent red dress section, and for every dress sold, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000, to WomenHeart to fund life-saving heart health education. Customers also can donate at checkout. For more information, visit the store or www.BurlingtonCoatFactory.com.

Supporting Blind Veterans: The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 in Oak Lawn is collecting donations for its annual April event in which it hosts blind veterans from Hines VA Hospital for a day of food, entertainment, camaraderie and a goodie bag. For more information, to donate or to help make lap robes, email aamgram@yahoo.com or call (708) 423-5220.

Need Supporters Fur Kids: The South Suburban Humane Society is seeking donations of cash, and raffle basket and silent auction items for its inaugural “Street Fair for the Fur Kids” fundraiser to held from 2 to 7 p.m. April 6 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Corporate or individual sponsors also are needed. Proceeds will go toward the second phase of the society’s extreme makeover, which will include building 14 new dog kennels in May. Donations can be dropped off at the society at 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights. Pickup service can be requested by emailing SSHSfundraiser@gmail.com. Monetary donations can be made online by visiting www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org. Please indicate “street fair fundraiser” during checkout. Tickets for the fundraiser, which will also be an adoption event with pets ready to be adopted, are available by visiting www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org and clicking on “donate,” or at the door. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for kids. The price includes dinner, wine, beer and pop. There will be face painters and a caricature artist. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jana Pace at (708) 259-2092.

Kids Safe City: Kids Safe City, of Bridgeview, will host its annual candlelight bowl fundraiser at 9 p.m. April 20 at Orland Bowl, 8601 W. 159th St., Orland Park. The $25 cost includes four games of bowling and a buffet dinner. A raffle features cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100. The winner need not be present. Kids Safe City is a nonprofit that uses a child-size village to teach numerous safety lessons to young children. For tickets, contact Adrienne at (708) 769-0707.

Ruby Anniversary Scholarship Fundraiser: The South Suburban College Foundation will host its Ruby Anniversary Scholarship Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. April 26. The theme is “Our 40-year Past, Present & Future.” Tickets are $125 and include an open bar, dinner, silent auction, dancing and the music of The Connexion Band. Sponsorships are available for $2,000, $1,000, $500 or $300. Checks can be made payable to SSC Foundation and mailed to 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL 60473. The foundation staff will pick up donations for the auction. For more information or to learn how to donate online, call (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2463, or email Foundation@ssc.edu.

Senior American Idol: Orland Township will host its “Senior American Idol” fundraiser, which benefits the township’s scholarship foundation, from 5 to 10 p.m. May 9 at Georgios Banquets, 8800 W. 159th St., Orland Hills. Tickets are $25, include dinner, and are for sale at the township office. For more information, call (708) 403-4222 or visit www.orlandtwp.org.

Running for a Cause: The South Suburban Family Shelter is looking for runners who plan to participate in the Chicago Marathon. The shelter is a partner with other domestic violence agencies and the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, which has been approved as a contributing-level charity of the marathon’s charity program. To run for a cause, visit www.batteredwomensnetwork.org/marathon.php or contact Vicki at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

Recycling: St. Christopher School, 14611 S. Keeler Ave., Midlothian, is holding a recycling fundraiser, and will be collecting items including empty toner and ink-jet cartridges, cell phones, DVDs, video games and video games systems, PDAs, iPods and laptops. The items may be dropped off at the school, parish office or church. Items should be undamaged, and empty toner should be repackaged into the new box of toner. Companies that want to donate but cannot deliver items are asked to call the school at (708) 385-8776. The school also recycles paper, with three bins on the south side of the gravel parking lot on the east side of the building.

Cell Phone Collection: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting cell phones for an ongoing fundraiser, and also is seeking schools, businesses or other organizations to volunteer as collection sites. The shelter provides services for victims of domestic violence. Collection sites include the SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood Ave., Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor. For more information, call (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

Retirees Needed: The Gaylord Building, 200 W. 8th St., Lockport, is seeking volunteers to help lead educational activities and community outreach. Retirees with experience in education, business or a variety of building trades are especially ideal. For more information, call (815) 838-9400 or email info@gaylordbuilding.org.

Resale Shop: One More Thing Resale Shop, at 343 Main St., Park Forest, benefits victims of domestic violence and homeless women with children. The shop, owned by South Suburban Family Shelter, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: Contact Sharon at (708) 228-5077.

Repeat Boutique: The Repeat Boutique resale shop, at 18157 Dixie Highway in Homewood, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. All workers are volunteers, and all proceeds go to Grand Prairie Services clients. Items in the shop include clothing, furs, jewlery, shoes, books and household items. Information: (708) 957-5052.

Seeking volunteers: The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking individuals interested in becoming Alzheimer’s Association Community Representatives in Will County. New volunteers will receive training. To become an AACR, visit alz.org/illinois, click on “volunteer” and select “Alzheimer’s Association Community Rep” on the application form.

Donate unused tickets: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, has joined tix4cause.com, an emarketplace ticket service that turns unused tickets into cash donations for nonprofits. Individuals, businesses or corporations can donate unused tickets for sports, music, theater or leisure activities to Lake Katherine. The public can buy tickets via tix4cause.com, and 90 percent of the ticket proceeds go to support Lake Katherine. To make a donation and/or buy tickets, visit www.lakekatherine.org or tix4cause.com. Be sure to identify Lake Katherine as your charity of choice. Information: (708) 361-1873.

Text to Give: Nonprofit organization Park Lawn, 10833 S. LaPorte, Oak Lawn, has recently launched a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program allows donors to make a $5 donation through Give by Cell by texting the phrase GIVEPL to the number 20222. Donations are tax-deductible and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Users must be 18 or older or have parental permission to participate, and must agree to the terms and conditions. Message and data rates may apply. For more information, visit www.givebycell.com.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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 board@summithillfoundation.org.

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.

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.

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.

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 hbeckner@sertomacentre.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 dawn@sspads.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 has announced 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. You can make a gift to the Class Gift Fund by texting CLASSGIFT with your first and last name to 20222, or 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.

CARE Program: ComEd offers customer assistance programs that help deployed members of the military and disabled veterans who have fallen behind on their bills, plus programs for low-income families and for nonprofits. For more information or to enroll, visit ComEd.Com/CARE or call (888) 806-2273.



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