The Tri-County Kiwanis recently completed its ninth annual coat drive, which was a testament to the generosity of those who live and work in our community.
The club would like to thank everyone for the donated coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and blankets. Many items were brand new. The club was able to help families based on the recommendations from staff at schools in Plano, Sandwich and Somonauk. There also was help to some through the Maddie’s Mitten Project, and the remaining surplus was shared with the DeKalb County service organization and the homeless in Chicago.
Planning has begun for next year’s drive, which will run from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15. The earlier start enables the club to distribute the coats at the start of cold weather. The greatest need is children’s sizes, so as your children out grow their coats this year, keep the club in mind for next year.
The club also is thankful for the businesses that provided drop-off locations: Old Second Bank, Heartland Bank (Somonauk, Sandwich and Plano), Midland State Bank (Sandwich, Plano), Country Companies Insurance (Kathy Martin), Dr. Mark Weinhold dental office and Rural King.
Those interested in getting involved with Kiwanis, a group whose goal is to improve the world one child and one community at a time, should call George Van Dee at 815-786-7183. To see some of the club’s other projects, visit their Facebook page.