Holiday Giving

Home Holiday Giving

For over 30 years, Orland Township has provided a yearly holiday meal, gifts, and other personal items to more than 200 families who are experiencing financial difficulties; with a majority of the recipients being clients of the Orland Township Food Pantry. Whether you’re donating as a single resident, family, school, or business, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Giving Tree – The Giving Tree helps ensure that no child or teen is forgotten during this holiday season. Starting Nov. 1, you can come in and choose a tag off of the tree. The gift tags will have the age, sex, and desired toy or clothing item for each child. All tags and gifts must be returned to Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, by Friday, December 2.

Adopt-A-Family – Make the holidays brighter for an entire family by filling their wish lists of toys, clothing and other household items. This is a popular idea for work, church, school and social groups. Adoptions begin Nov. 1. To inquire about the Adopt-A-Family program, please email twpinfo@orlandtownship.org.

Giving Tuesday Holiday Donation Drives – Orland Township’s Holiday Program will host two Donation Drive-Thru’s on November 29 and December 6 to allow community members to drop off new, unwrapped gift items, clothing, and nonperishable food items. All donations will go to local families who are experiencing hardship. Items are needed for all ages, especially for pre-teens, teens and adults. Learn more about our Holiday Donation Drives by visiting our Giving Tuesday page here.

Item Donations – Contributions of food, NEW toys, NEW clothing and personal items can be dropped off at the Township. NEW gift and clothing items for teenagers and adults are usually in short supply and greatly appreciated, as are monetary donations.

Registry For Good – Also known as Orland Township’s Salvation Army Service Extension Unit Angel Tree, you may purchase needed items through this online registry so Orland Township can help make the lives of families a little brighter! The items on this registry goes towards the Holiday Program by filling families wish lists. Click HERE to view the registry.

Amazon Digital Toy Drive – For those who are unable to make it to the stores in time for the 2022 Holiday Program, Orland Township has put together an easy-to-shop list on Amazon for donors to utilize. All gifts purchased through the online wish list will be delivered to the Township and distributed to remaining program families in need. Shop the list HERE.

Merry PAWS-mas “Crashy’s Closet,” Orland Township’s Pet Pantry, is named for a beloved rescue cat adopted by Supervisor O’Grady and his family. It aims to provide food and supplies for pets whose families are experiencing financial difficulty. Crashy’s Closet relies on the generosity of the community and welcomes donations of NEW dog and cat food, kitty litter, pet treats, pet shampoo, toys, collars, leashes, and other miscellaneous pet-related items year-round. This Holiday season, support local families in need of assistance for their animal companions through Merry PAWS-mas. We encourage you to consider donating dog food, cat food and/or litter for the Orland Township Pet Pantry from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 16. Bring your four-legged canine friend to the Township office and receive a special treat for your support!

Holiday Letters to Elders – As part of the annual Holiday Program, which provides holiday meals, gifts and other personal items to more than 200 local families who experience financial difficulties, Orland Township is sponsoring Holiday Letters to Elders this season. Students in grades 6 through 12 are highly encouraged to participate in the program. Supervisor O’Grady noted that Orland Township provides services to well over 2,100 seniors each year and that opportunities to participate in this program therefore are plentiful. The Township will offer one service hour for every five letters completed, with a limit of three hours per volunteer. Letters MUST be written at Orland Township to keep track with mailing. Starting Nov. 9, volunteers are welcome to visit Orland Township, located at 14807 S. Ravinia Ave. in Orland Park, during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last day to participate is Friday, Dec. 9.

Orland Township’s Annual Holiday Program only accepts NEW clothing & NEW toy donations.

 

If you’re looking to donate USED items…

Here are four local organizations that directly affect our community in Orland Township!

 

  1. Neat Repeats Resale Shop (15551 S 94th Avenue, Orland Park) Owned and operated by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS) that provides one quarter of the organization’s operating revenue. This allows CCSS to provide programs and services for victims of domestic violence.  (Visit https://www.crisisctr.org/neat-repeats/ for more information and donation procedures.)
  2. Together We Cope Nu2u Resale Shop (17010 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park) The proceeds of the resale shop go towards services such as food pantry, housing and utility assistance, and other client services benefiting over 27 different municipalities in the Chicago southland. (Visit https://nu2uresale.org/ for more information and donation procedures.)
  3. Vincent de Paul Orland Park Thrift Store (7010 W 159th Street, Orland Park) The SVdP Chicago ministry has been reaching out in local communities for over 168 years. When you donate to SVdP, your donations change lives.  Not only does the proceeds go directly back to this important ministry, but qualified families receive vouchers for much needed items.  ( Visit:  https://stvincentdepaulchicago.org/thrift-stores/thrift-stores/ for more information and donation procedures.)
  4. Salvation Army Thrift Stores (9000 S Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL) When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at their Thrift Stores. Proceeds are used to fund their Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those struggling with drugs and alcohol find help, hope, and a second chance at life.  (Visit https://satruck.org/ or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK to schedule a pickup.)

 

 

Additional ways to support the community….

 

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign: Back in 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals were going hungry at Christmas.  That’s when he came up with the ingenious idea to use a red crab pot to collect donations. Next to it, he placed a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” Captain McFee soon raised the money to feed people in need at Christmas and the iconic red kettle was born.

130 years later, the moneys given in the red kettles of The Salvation Army help fund the life-transforming programs and services that provide food, shelter, rehabilitation, disaster relief, rent and utilities assistance, and much more for our community’s most vulnerable.

The Metropolitan Division which services Greater Chicagoland, Northern Illinois, Lake County, and Northwest Indiana all work together to benefit those in need in our very community. The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser.  85% of everything raised by the Red Kettle Campaign goes directly back into our Chicago suburban community; meaning it helps feed the hungry, keep people warm through the cold winter months, help at-risk youth and many other programs that The Salvation Army offers.

Donate where you see the Red Kettle, donate virtually online, or consider volunteering to be a Bell Ringer this holiday season!  Visit https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/ for more information! When you give to The Salvation Army Red Kettle, you help change lives for GOOD.  You may call Orland Township for more information on donating to The Salvation Army. The Orland Township Salvation Army Service Extension Volunteer can assist with various shelter and utility grants.