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.
This year, the Orland Township 2022 Holiday Program was able to support over 250 families just in time for the holidays! Each registrant received a full Holiday meal (sides and desserts), with a choice of Ham or Turkey, the option to receive Christmas gifts (toys, clothes, and personal care items), and gift cards to local grocery stores and gas stations.
Whether you donated or volunteered as single person, family, school, or business, your generosity is greatly appreciated as it helps us continue to support those in our community who need it most. Our work would not be possible without such kind & caring people.
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!
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.