The Franklin Mall Christmas Project, a sharing effort started nearly 70 years ago in Sandwich by the late Frankie and Peg Mall, again is underway.
The Sandwich Lions Club has directed the project since about 1970 when the Malls’ health began to deteriorate. The Malls took groceries to five to 10 families at first. Now, many volunteers help with the effort and deliver boxes containing nonperishables and a gift card for Art’s Food Market to more than 200 addresses.
Names and addresses of people from Sandwich who might need a little help this holiday season should be phoned in as soon as possible to Karen Spangler, Food Box chairwoman, at 815-786-2189. She also asks that names and addresses of all previous recipients be called in to accurately update her lists. Deserving individuals and families living in Sandwich School District 430 are eligible for the boxes of nonperishables collected from donors at locations in the business district, as well as the Sandwich and Somonauk libraries.
Most needed from contributors are canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, boxed dinners, stuffing mix, canned fruit, breakfast items, spaghetti sauce and noodles. The final pickup of nonperishables will be Monday, Dec. 16. Items will be sorted and ready for packing in boxes at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Sandwich fire station, 310 E. Railroad St. Delivery to homes will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.
Those wishing to make monetary contributions can bring or mail them to First National Bank, Attn: Kathryn Boehmer, 100 W. Church St. in Sandwich. Checks can be made out to the Franklin Mall Christmas Project.