Saturday, April 20, 2013
A local family is organizing drop-off for residents whose homes were severely damaged by the flood.
A Grand Prairie Elementary School family is organizing a donation drive for tomorrow, Saturday, April 20, after many members of the school community were hit hard by flooding in the wake of Wednesday's storms. A collection event is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the campus, 3300 Caton Farm Rd., Joliet. The event is being organized by dad Tom Hug and his family. He said his children, a Grand Prairie fourth-grader and a former Grand Prairie student, wanted to do something after they saw the flooding in neighborhoods near the school. "My wife and kids and I were driving around and we said, 'There's got to be something we can do to help,'" he said. Homes near Caton Farm Road and the Frontage Road were hit hard by flooding, and some …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sara Latta-Young is working to provide comfort to the young survivors; donations are being accepted at the Coldwell Banker office in Romeoville.
Sara Latta-Young didn’t want to just sit around, feeling powerless. Despite being nearly 1,000 miles from the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the Plainfield Realtor felt she had to do something. After hearing about the shooting from a friend living in Connecticut, Latta-Young decided to take action, so she got in touch with organizers from Operation Fuzzy Wuzzy II. The name may sound a bit silly, but the group’s purpose is anything but: the organization is working to provide comfort in the form of teddy bears to the children of Newtown. “I can’t sit around and feel helpless,” Latta-Young wrote on her Web site. “I can’t sit here 864 miles away and do nothing. I can’t and I won’t,” she added, noting that her friend, a resident of Brookfield, Conn…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Mention Catholic Charity's Head Start program when ordering a pie from Romeoville's Cold Stone Creamery, and the store will donate $3 for holiday gifts for needy children.
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 …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Nonperishable food drive is now through Nov. 18 at Greater Joliet Area YMCA locations.
It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. To celebrate the season of giving, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA is banding together with the Boy Scouts of America Rainbow Council to help collect food to provide Thanksgiving meals to area families in need. Proceeds from the non-perishable food drive, which ends Nov. 18, will benefit three local food pantries. Students who participate in the YMCA’s before- or after-school programs can help out by bringing donations to their school sites, said Carolyn Hamilton, YMCA director of marketing and community relations. Donations can be left at the following branches: 749 Houbolt Road Joliet, IL 60431 Donating to: Family Outreach Program 1350 S. Briggs Street Joliet, IL 60433 …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Ecology Club wants gently used items for its Halloween Costume Swap on Oct. 16.
This story was provided by Valley View School District 365U: The Ecology Club at A. Vito Martinez Middle School in Romeoville is looking for donations of gently-used Halloween costumes to be used in the group’s Halloween Costume Swap on Oct. 16. Anyone in the community who wishes to drop off their donations may do so during normal school hours now through Oct. 12. The school is located at 590 Belmont, at the intersection of Belmont and Romeo Road. The Costume Swap itself will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the school. Community members and their children are invited to stop by and pick up their free “recycled” Halloween costumes that evening.
Friday, July 27, 2012
The Romeoville organization found the jewelry while sorting through the money they collected two weeks ago at Weber and Airport roads.
Either way you look at this story, it's a likely bet there's someone out there with a broken heart. The symbol of that heartache: a gold ring found in among the money collected by the Romeoville Humane Society two weeks ago in an intersection fundraising drive at the intersection of Airport and Weber roads in Romeoville. The event was held July 13 to 15, in conjunction with a pet adoption fair being conducted at Petco, according to humane society President Tisha McGary. Whoever deposited the ring was either coming into or out of the shopping areas on either side of Weber or heading down Weber en route to a different location, she said. We are left to guess as to whether the ring accidentally slipped off or was deliberately deposited, …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Christmas is about giving, and what better way to help the community than to donate food, toys or money to help someone have a nice holiday.
Looking to spread a little holiday cheer beyond your own family and friends? Local charities offer a few ways to pitch in, from toy collections to lunch with Santa and free photos with Marines. Saturday: 4 Paws For Ability Planning to send holiday cards featuring the family and Fido? Bring your pets to a holiday photo session, which will also help the family of Nate Kothera, a 6-year-old with Down syndrome and leukemia, raise $13,000 to get a service dog. All pets are welcome from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lucky Dog Academy, 23907 W. Industrial Drive North. The $25 fee includes a CD with jpeg images. All the money raised at the photo shoot will be donated to 4 Paws for Ability in Nate Kothera’s name. For more details, call 815-302-8143…