The Plainfield community could never be accused of thinking only of themselves as evidenced by their generous support of the Needy Family Drive every year. This was the 21st year for this project whose mission is to make the holiday season a little merrier for the unfortunate families of Plainfield School District 202. We helped over 30 families by providing an array of gifts for every family member and abundant food baskets. And, of course, we couldn’t have done it without the bighearted people of this community. We can honestly say that each family was overwhelmed with emotional gratitude which left some speechless but just as many thanking us profusely over and over again.
As always, we had many groups “adopt” families; many of whom took on 2 or more families. We would like to publicly recognize and thank these groups. A heartfelt thank you to the following: Lincoln Elementary School teachers, staff, and student council, Ira Jones and Indian Trail Middle School teachers, staff and parent teacher organizations, PHS-CC teachers, staff and student council, C. W. Avery Family YMCA members and staff, Followers of Christ Lutheran Church congregation, Plainfield Women of the Moose, Girl Scout Troop #878, PHS-CC Alumni and Friends, Best Buy of Joliet, First Community Financial Bank-Plainfield, Bill Jacobs Company, First Midwest Bank, Dreyer Medical Clinic, Abri Credit Union, the students and parents of Little Dames and Gents Preschool, Friends of Ashley Schultz, and the Gierich, Stephens, Leonard, Bollinger, Williams/Heniff, Cecil, Cooper, Thomason, Wieglos, Fosnaugh, and Jackson families.
Central and Lakewood Falls Elementary Schools held highly successful food drives which allowed us to provide food baskets which were augmented by frozen turkeys donated by the community and stored by the Plainfield Moose. Northern Illinois Steel and Pioneer Lanes have been longtime contributors of substantial cash donations.
The Plainfield Moose Lodge #2491 invited its members to donate to a toy and cash drive and the Needy Family Drive was the grateful recipient of many of those donations. Five teachers at PHS-CC; Mr. Darren Kobliska, Mr. Matthew Clark, Mr. Jonathan Pereiro, Mr. Joe Schertz, and Mr. Patrick Hanley, challenged their classes, a total of 20, to a donation drive. Together they raised over $3150 in cash donations and an additional $6900 in clothing donations. Additionally, Mr. Clark designed and sold “ugly Christmas t-shirts” as a fundraiser and donated all proceeds.
To all the individuals who make it a part of their holiday tradition to send in donations, please know that we could not succeed without your continued support. And, to those individuals who helped us out with last minute shopping, wrapping and pick up of gifts, know there is a special place in heaven for you.
And, finally, an enormous hug to our special angels, Audrey Stein and Pauline Herbst, who keep us on the straight and narrow.
Karen Hamilton and Linda Hanley
2013 PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive Committee