Beverly Edmon, who works with Catholic Charities of Joliet, knows there are many children who won’t be receiving Christmas gifts this year.
But she and Romeoville’s Cold Stone Creamery are hoping to change that.
Edmon, who works for the Early Childhood Service Division of the charity, helps needy families in Romeoville and Bolingbrook through the Early Head Start program.
As a home visitor supervisor, she visits low-income families once a week to teach parents developmental activities that are appropriate for their children’s ages.
The supervisors help evaluate children from babies up to 3 years old so they can reach the developmental milestones to become ready for school, and they help parents find ways to become self-sufficient. Among their goals is to teach parenting skills, help families plan meals and learn to budget, find parents English as a Second Language classes and help get them their high school diploma through a GED certification.
The group serves 24 children in Romeoville and Bolingbrook, and Edmon knows that because of their families’ limited incomes that these children won’t be receiving gifts this Christmas.
She hopes to raise about $500 to buy gifts for these 24 children.
Cold Stone Creamery in Romeoville has offered to help.
Ruth Huddlestun, owner of Cold Stone Creamery, 72 S. Weber Road, said she will donate $3 from each of their $12.99 pies sold when customers mention the Head Start program. Any additional funds that people want to donate would also be appreciated, she said.
“These are kids that need help in our community,” she said. “Every dollar will go straight to the community.”
Cold Stone will be offering the donation through Christmas, and it will also donate the $3 when customer submits an order online of their famous pies, which include Mintastic Chip Pie, Cookie Dough Pie, Caramel Turtle Treat Pie and Caramel Apple Pie.