The annual holiday concert performed Nov. 25 by the Indian Valley Community Band served as the kickoff of the grocery collection for the Sandwich Lions Club's Franklin Mall Christmas Project.
Residents of Sandwich and the surrounding area donated nonperishable food items and cash in place of an admission charge.
Additional donations are now being accepted at more than 20 locations displaying the bright red collection bins. Items may be dropped off at four local churches – The Federated Church of Sandwich, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Salem Lutheran Church, and The United Church of Sandwich; at these local banks – First Midwest Bank, First National Bank, Midland States Bank and Heartland Bank (Church Street and Gletty Road locations); at the Sandwich and Somonauk libraries; and at any of the following businesses: Arrowhead Medical Building, Art’s Food Market, Casey’s (Sandwich location), Dollar General, Fox Valley YMCA West Branch, Gjovik Chevrolet, Johnson’s Floral Shop, Ultimate Fitness and Valley West Hospital. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 19.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 20, families and organizations are welcome to join members of the Sandwich Lions Club at the Sandwich Fire Station to pack boxes of groceries in preparation for delivery to approximately 250 households within Sandwich School District 430. Donations make it possible for each box to contain a variety of nutritious items such as cereals, peanut butter and jelly, tuna, pastas and boxed potatoes, in addition to canned soups, vegetables and fruits.
Monetary donations are important, as well. Each box is accompanied by a gift card for Art’s Food Market to be used for additional food. Donations to help with this portion of the project can be sent to the Sandwich Lions Club, P.O. Box 32, Sandwich, IL 60548, or sent or brought to First National Bank, 100 W. Church St., Sandwich IL 60548 – attention: Deb Krafft. Checks should be made payable to Franklin Mall Christmas Project.
Finally, the Lions are accepting names and addresses of individuals or families living within the Sandwich school district who could use their assistance with holiday groceries. To make a referral, call the Lions Club grocery chairperson, Karen Spangler, at 815-786-2189. Previous recipients who want to remain on the list are also asked to call her to confirm their wishes.