Each winter brings more and more challenges to Orland Township residents, but that didn’t stop folks from coming to the Township last year to drop off donations for the annual holiday program. Braving those “windy city” below-zero temperatures and icy roads, local community residents once again came through baring gifts: stuffed animals, dolls, board games, coloring books, scarves, hats, turkeys, hams, and more. As the shelves in the food pantry began to overflow and the activity center pilled up with gifts, it was apparent that we live in an area full of caring individuals who want to help those in need.
“The generous donations we received from people are incredibly heartwarming,” said Supervisor Paul O’Grady. “All the generosity from the individuals and organizations in our community led to the Holiday 2016 Program being Orland Township’s most successful holiday program to date.”
The Orland Township Holiday 2016 Program helped over 300 local families last holiday season, and this year Orland Township hopes to do the same.
“The Holiday 2017 Program aims to make this holiday season easier for our local families in need,” said O’Grady. “The holiday season is meant to be bright. We want to make it as bright as we can for as many families as we can, everyone’s kindness will help us achieve that goal.”
Orland Township has officially started collecting donations for the Holiday 2017 Program. All donations will be accepted at the Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, between regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a complete list of accepted items, please see the back page of this edition of the Focus, visit our website, www.orlandtownship.org or call (708)403-4222. Happy Holidays!
***ORLAND TOWNSHIP GIVING TREE
Along with our Holiday Program, Orland Township is sponsoring a Giving Tree to help families in need. Starting November 1, you can come in and choose a gift to purchase for a child. There will be a Christmas tree by the front desk, filled with gift tags. The gift tags will have the age, sex, and desired toy or clothing for each child. All tags and gifts must be returned to Orland Township by Monday, December 18.
For more information, call Lindsay (708) 403-4222.
Orland Township is looking for volunteers to collect donations for holiday Turkey and Ham Dinners. November 1 through December 19, Orland Township volunteers will be able to collect donations at both Jewel-Osco stores located at 9350 W. 159th Street, and
17930 Wolf Road, Orland Park. You can also help Orland Township’s Food Pantry sort all food donations. Volunteers will be asked to check expiration dates and sort each item. Great opportunity for service hours and Girl/Boy Scout Troops!
To sign up, call Robin Kassis or Mary Alice (708) 403- 4222 extension 228, and sign up today!