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Employees Fresenius Medical Care OrlPark took part June 30 Gift Life Walk Soldier Field Chicago support patients their clinic.

Employees of Fresenius Medical Care in Orland Park took part June 30 in the Gift of Life Walk at Soldier Field in Chicago in support of the patients at their clinic. | Supplied photo

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Updated: August 10, 2013 6:26AM



Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.

Learn Lacrosse, Fight Hunger: Mount Carmel High School and coach David Ho will host two lacrosse clinics for students entering grades five to eight. The donation to participate is two nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry. The clinics are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 10 and 17 at Carey Field at the school, 6410 S. Dante Ave., Chicago. For more information email dho@mchs.org or visit www.mchs.org.

Help Fight Cystic Fibrosis: A Summer Night for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 11 at the Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island. The evening features a unique collection of Midwest craft beers, Maple Tree Inn Cajun cuisine, music and games. A $25 donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation entitles the ticket holder to two pours of a craft beer, appetizers and door prizes. Raffle and silent auction items include fire department memorabilia, triathlon gear and gift certificates to local restaurants and salons. Antique fire engines of yesteryear from local fire stations will be on display. The world-famous Band of Brothers Pipes and Drums music group will make a special appearance. Supporters of Colin Walsh, 10, who has cystic fibrosis, also will honor those who died in Arizona’s recent wildfires. “Boot” monies raised will be sent to the Arizona families. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ASummerNightForCysticFibrosisFoundationAndColin.

Golf for a Cause: Tinley Park-based Southwest Community Services, Inc., will host the Annual 2013 Jerry Meyer Golf Classic on July 12 at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, 1 Pete Dye Drive, Lemont. There will be other games, and one of the prizes is a trip to Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. Proceeds benefit those with disabilities. Sponsorships are available. To register, visit bit.ly/2013scs or contact Carla at (708) 429-1260, Ext. 1243. For more information, visit www.swcsinc.org.

School Supplies Drive: Donations of school supplies will be collected from 9 to 10 a.m. July 13 at the St. Irenaeus School parking lot, 78 Cherry St., Park Forest. Supplies also will be collected in the back of the church after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses. The drive will go until Aug. 14. Items needed include backpacks, pens, pencils, paper and folders. For a complete list, contact Pat Ward at (708) 650-1391.

Feed The Hungry: A Feed My Starving Children benefit dinner featuring Bernie Glim’s music will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. July 14 at CD & Me, 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. Music and buffet tickets are $30 per adult and are available by contacting Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at (815) 469-2549 or Roger Wandersee at (312) 816-3201. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian nonprofit that provides nutritious, prepacked meals for disadvantaged children throughout the world.

Golf for a Cause: The Action Sertoma Club is hosting its 13th Annual Golf Outing on July 17 at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park. The club supports Alsip-based Sertoma Centre, Inc., a nonprofit that provides services to individuals with disabilities. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. A best-ball format will be used. The cost of $155 includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments on the course, cocktails, a steak dinner after golf, door prizes, games all day and much more. To register, contact Joe Varanauski at (708) 921-0159 or email joev1936@gmail.com.

For the Arts: The McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, 9602 W. Creek Road, Palos Park, will be the beneficiary of Whole Foods’ One Dime at a Time program through September. The program provides an incentive to customers to eliminate single-use plastic bags, and customers who bring their own bags have the option to receive a 10-cent-per-bag refund as cash back off their receipt or they can choose to donate it to that month’s selected charity. Classes to be held at the Whole Foods Orland Park store, 15260 S. LaGrange Road, with McCord instructors will include Liz Wall’s children’s painting class July 17, and Beth Leahy’s Wine, Cheese and Painting class for adults Aug. 1. For more information, call (708) 671-0648.

Bunco for Breast Cancer Research: Franciscan St. James Health will hold its first-ever “Buncolicious” at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at the Glenwoodie Golf Course Clubhouse, 19301 S. State St., Glenwood. Bunco players dressed in pink, breast cancer-themed attire will raise money to promote greater awareness of the advantages of early detection. More than 200 participants already have registered. The event will include a cash bar, raffle and auctions. The $25 registration fee includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts and four bunco games. To register or for more information, call (708) 747-4000, Ext. 85470, or email Joanna.Voorhees@FranciscanAlliance.org.

Volunteer Opportunity: Neat Repeats Resale stores in Orland Park and Worth are looking for volunteers to work in their stores and will host a Volunteer Recruitment Day on July 22. The Orland Park store is at 9028 W. 159th St. Call (708) 364-7605 for more information. The Worth store is at 7026 W. 111th St. Call (708) 361-6860. All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients of the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.

Grand Raffle for Special Needs: Tickets are available for Park Lawn’s annual Grand Raffle Drawing, with the grand prize being a choice of $15,000 cash, a 2013 Ford Focus, 2012 Harley-Davidson FXDF Fat Bob, 2013 Ford Fiesta, or 2013 27-foot Dutchmen Aspen Travel Trailer. There are cash prizes for second through 20th place. The Grand Raffle drawing and reception will be held July 25 at Park Lawn School and Activity Center, 10833 S. LaPorte Ave., Oak Lawn. Tickets are $100 each and only 999 will be sold. Tickets can be bought by visiting Park Lawn or call (708) 425-6867. Park Lawn, a nonprofit, serves individuals with disabilities. For more information, visit www.parklawn.com.

Fire Up a Cure: Local firefighters will raise money to help fight pediatric cancer at The Cure It Foundation’s second annual Fire Up A Cure event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 at St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. Firefighters from across Illinois will compete in challenges, including a fire truck pull, a hot wing-eating contest, a forcible entry door competition, an obstacle course and more. There will be concessions and entertainment for the entire family. Children’s activities will include an inflatable fire truck slide, an obstacle course, a fire pole to slide down, a real fire truck to explore, face painting and a balloon artist. There will be a disc jockey and performances by local dance troupes, travel cheerleading squads, and a magician. To buy tickets, visit cureitfoundation.org or call (872) 222-5437. For more information, call (872) 222-5439 or email becky@cureitfoundation.org.

Spaghetti Dinner: A spaghetti dinner to benefit Thorn Creek Nature Center is slated for 5 to 8 p.m. July 27 at American Legion Post 1198, 1631 Western Ave., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $8 per person. Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, houses forest preserve displays, a reference library and a children’s science corner and offers year-round programs and events for all ages. Funds are vital, not only for continued programming and staffing, but also for improvement to the historic building and the trails. For more information, or to buy tickets or donate, call (708) 747-6320, email thorn_creek@att.net or visit the center from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Resale Shop Opening: The Encore Shop, Silver Cross Hospital’s resale shop, will host its Fall Opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3. Items available to buy include seasonal decorations, clothing, toys, household items, books and more. All proceeds benefit services at Silver Cross Hospital, a nonprofit health care provider. The Encore Shop is in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month. For more information, call the Encore Shop at (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.

Walk for Crisis Center: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia Auxiliary will host a walk to benefit the center from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Lake Katherine Nature Preserve, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights. Check-in and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $15. Children 12 and under can walk free. Participants who register before July 26 will receive a free T-shirt. There will also be raffles, with gift certificates to local restaurants and shops among the prizes. All proceeds from the event will benefit the center’s emergency shelter for female victims of domestic violence and their children. For a registration form for the walk, visit www.crisisctr.org/events/ccss-auxiliary. For more information, call (708) 448-2419.

Walk/Run for Josie: A 5K walk/run will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 to raise money for a lung transplant for Josie Nordman, 19, a Homewood native who has cystic fibrosis. The family-friendly event will take place at Apollo Park, Morgan Street and Bowling Green Road, Homewood. Registration is $30 online at www.racetime.info, or $35 on race day. Those who register by Aug. 3 are guaranteed a T-shirt. There will be live entertainment and refreshments after the race. For more information, visit www.jogging4josie5K.com.

Golf For a Cause: St. Xavier University will host its 17th Annual Golf Classic to raise money for scholarships on Aug. 6 at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The day will conclude with a reception and dinner. Registration for individual golfers is $300, which includes green fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch on the course, beverages, reception and dinner. Participants can register online at www.sxu.edu, keyword: golf, or by mail using a form available on the site, or by calling (773) 298-3748. Raffle tickets are available by calling (773) 298-3940. Winners need not be present. For more information, call (773) 298-3748 or visit specialevents@sxu.edu.

Cruising for a Cause: The Teamster Horsemen Motorcycle Association, Indiana Chapter 25, will sponsor its 7th Annual Charity Run in support of the Humane Society Calumet Area on Aug. 10. Sign-ups begin at 9:30 a.m. at The Glass Tap, 3329 Chicago Road, Steger. Tickets are $15 per person and include a meal. The last bike will leave at 11 a.m. and last bike will be in at 5 p.m. There will be music, a raffle, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Raffle tickets are $5 and can be bought at the shelter, 421 45th St., Munster. All proceeds benefit the shelter. To buy a raffle ticket or for more information, visit the shelter or call (219) 922-3811, Ext. 306.

Golf for a Cause: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia will host the annual Dianne Masters Cup golf outing Aug. 13 at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park. Former Blackhawks goalie Murray Bannerman and WGN’s Andrea Darlas will be on hand for meet-and-greets. The cost of $150 per person includes golf, continental breakfast before the 9 a.m. shotgun start, lunch, cocktails, dinner, raffle prizes and contests. To register, visit www.crisisctr.org or contact Christopher Beele at (708) 429-7255, Ext. 118. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia provides services for families in crisis.

Help Lincoln-Way Bands: The Lincoln-Way High School Music Boosters will hold their 28th annual SIAM discount book sale from noon to 5 p.m. on the third and fourth weekends in August. Volunteers will be in the Lincoln-Way-area neighborhoods selling the books, which will offer discounts valid from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014. Proceeds are used for new equipment and to cover travel costs, costumes, props, equipment and awards. The donation for the book is $15. Those interested in placing an ad should call Tom at (815) 207-1347.

Golf for a Cause: The Meehan Golf Classic to benefit the family of the late Mike Meehan is scheduled for Aug. 19 at Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Highway, Flossmoor. Check-in will be at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at 11, a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., and a cocktail reception, dinner and awards starting at 5:30 p.m. Meehan, of Frankfort, died in May after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. To register, contact Peter Corydon at (708) 798-0514, Ext. 12, or email petercorydon@hotmail.com. The contribution is $200 for everything, $750 for a foursome, or $50 for dinner and cocktails only. For more information, call Dan Dal Degan at (630) 215-7880 or email ddd@salesforce.com.

Supporting Suicide Prevention: The Orland Township Youth Commission’s 5K fundraiser race to support suicide prevention is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Orland Park 153rd Street Metra station, 10401 W. 153rd St. Proceeds will go toward a biannual suicide program at the township. For more information, contact Gina Chigaros at (708) 403-4001 or visit ginac@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.

Raffle for a Cause: Southwest Community Services, Inc., will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2014 Dodge Dart SE sponsored by Bettenhausen Automotive, or cash prizes. The raffle is to raise money for the programs and services that the nonprofit offers to more than 450 children and adults with disabilities. Tickets are $25, or five for $100, and will be available through Oct. 27. Only 2,000 will sold. Tickets will be available at Southwest Community Services, Inc. events and online at www.swcsinc.org. If all tickets are not sold, the winner will split the proceeds 50/50 with Southwest Community Services, Inc. The drawing will be held at the SCS Texas Hold ’em Tournament on Oct. 27 at Sam’s Triple Crown, 9191 W. 159th St., Orland Hills. The winner need not be present. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Carla at (708) 429-1260, Ext. 1243 or visit www.swcsinc.org.

Artisans Wanted: The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons is seeking artisans for the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. To be considered as an exhibitor, vendors should call (815) 729-1264 or email sanla16@aol.com by May 31 for an application. Vendors’ booth space is about 8 feet for a $75 fee. No jewelry vendors, please. Proceeds will benefit the inpatient Silver Cross diabetes program. For more information, call Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.

Help Bag Cancer: Stand Up to Cancer and The Safeway Foundation are raising funds for the fight against prostate cancer. Dominick’s grocery stores will be selling a limited edition, reusable shopping bag, embossed with the words, “It starts with a wish; it can end with a cure.” The bags also can be bought online by visiting safewayfoundation.org. Dominick’s shoppers also will have a chance to make a separate donation at checkout. For more information, visit safewayfoundation.org or standup2cancer.org.

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, 343 Main St., Park Forest, is accepting donations of clothing and accessories, appliances, toys and household items. Furniture is accepted by arrangement. One More Thing also is accepting volunteer applications. Sales at the store benefit South Suburban Family Shelter, which supports victims of domestic violence and homeless women with children. Donations are welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Information: Contact Janice 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.

Encore Shop Expansion: The newly expanded Encore Shop, the resale shop of Silver Cross Hospital, is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month. The shop is in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet, the former Silver Cross Hospital campus. Donations of gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items and books can be dropped off there. Call (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117. Past proceeds have helped buy X-ray equipment, ICU beds, laptop computers, dialysis and mammography equipment, surgery carts and more for the nonprofit hospital.

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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