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City-Wide Collection of Items For At-Risk Veterans Underway

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In September, the West Chicago community came together and collected over 175 pounds of non-perishable goods for local families in need.

This October, West Chicago Elementary School District 33, in collaboration with the City of West Chicago Government, the West Chicago Park District, and the West Chicago Public Library District, are calling on community members and organizations to unite once more to support our local students in collecting items for at-risk Veterans and their families throughout our region.

From now through Veterans’ Day on Saturday, November 11, we kindly ask the community to donate items such as dish soap, cleaners, sprays, garbage bags, deodorant, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.), and body wash. Students at their respective schools will be collecting these items, which will then be donated to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Inc. of Wheaton for distribution.

Students from various Elementary School District 33 schools will be encouraged to donate items at their respective schools throughout the month of October. Residents and organizations interested in contributing to this worthy cause can also donate items at the following locations:

Items can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • West Chicago City Hall (475 Main Street)
  • West Chicago Public Library (118 W. Washington)
  • ARC Center (201 National Street).

Patriotic collection barrels are conveniently located at the entrances of each of these facilities, accompanied by special artwork created by some of the students who have helped organize this special community initiative.

The coordination of this drive is led by Evonne Cruz, a music teacher at Gary Elementary School. When asked about the inspiration behind the initiative, Cruz stated, “The initiative aims not only to assist our Veterans, who have made significant sacrifices for each of us, but also to foster a deeper connection between our students and military service members.”

To strengthen the connection between students and military service members, 5th grade student leaders will be orchestrating and promoting donation drives at the School District leading up to Veterans’ Day.

Additionally, several students from Gary Elementary School have contributed their artistic talents to create pieces of artwork expressing gratitude to military members for their service. These artworks will be included with the multiple donation containers distributed at various schools and throughout the community.

“We hope that the community can rally behind our students so that we can all work together to support those who have given so much for us,” stated Cruz.

West Chicago is a community that wholeheartedly supports its Veterans, both locally and abroad. We invite you to join us in making a difference and ensuring that our nation’s heroes and their families in need are provided with the most basic necessities.

For more information or to view a comprehensive list of items being collected, please visit the City’s website.

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