ShareFest in New Lenox all about helping others
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org September 11, 2013 10:40AM
As part of ShareFest, trucks like this are being filled with donations of food, clothing, books, home goods, pet supplies and items for military at two locations in New Lenox: Standard Bank, 456 Nelson Road; and St. Jude Church, 241 Second St. | Supplied
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:33AM
ShareFest, a day of caring and sharing scheduled for Sept. 14, is designed to fill the deepest needs of people throughout Will County.
Whether those needs are for food, clothing, a job, a pint of blood or a coat of paint, that is the intent of ShareFest, said organizer Gary Cheney, who has planned and expanded the event each of the past seven years.
This year’s ShareFest includes 140 different organizations, but volunteers are still needed, Cheney said.
“It takes a lot of volunteers to conduct a food drive, clothing drive, blood drive and recycling event,” he said. “This is about caring and sharing. We need more acts of kindness in our daily lives. This is an opportunity to share love with your neighbor.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer or obtain more information should visit www.sharefestnewlenox.com. All events will be at the Spencer School campus, 1711 S. Spencer Road, New Lenox, unless otherwise noted.
Collections already are underway and will continue through Sept. 14, when most items will be given away or recycled at the school.
Trucks are located at Standard Bank, 456 Nelson Road; and St. Jude Church, 241 Second St., both in New Lenox. Here, people can drop off food, clothing, home goods, pet supplies, books and items for military troops.
Food donations also are being accepted at Berkot’s and Walmart in New Lenox and will be given to local food pantries.
The activities of Sept. 14 include:
Food drive: In addition to collecting food to fill local pantries from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hands of Hope of Joliet will distribute free food items at Spencer School on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gently used clothing and home goods will be given away from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Spencer School cafeteria, or people may drop off or exchange items.
Free dental checks and cleanings and free vision exams will be conducted for all students, preschool through high school, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free recycling of electronics, household hazardous waste, carpeting, wood and more will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The book drive/exchange is a reuse and recycle event offering thousands of free books. Everyone is invited to drop off or exchange new and gently used books from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A free health and safety fair will offer health screenings and eco-friendly vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A blood drive with a Heartland Blood Centers mobile unit will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Seminars will be hourly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on topics such as dementia, fall prevention, sports nutrition and concussions.
P.A.W.S. (People’s Animal Welfare Society) will accept registrations for pet adoption, offer free nail trimming and will microchip pets for $25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Operation Care Package will collect items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to support military troops with goods such as body wash, wash cloths, canned soups, jerky, canned meats, coffee, drink singles, and protein or granola bars.
Service projects such as clean-up/fix-up jobs for those who need a helping hand will be conducted throughout the day Sept. 14 and 28.
The Will County Forest Preserve District will have workday projects from 9 a.m. to noon at Hickory Creek Junction near Mokena, projects which require very physical labor. A liability waiver must be signed (at the site) and proper clothing should be worn. Schedule a time by contacting Renee Gauchat at (815) 722-7364 or e-mail email@example.com.
Other events are a job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at New Lenox Village Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway; and several seminars at the same time at the New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Parkway.
Donations to ShareFest also can be made to Fishers of Men, a nonprofit at 117 Church St., New Lenox.