Red collection containers, ready for contributions of nonperishable groceries, will be placed Monday, Nov. 19, in about 20 locations throughout Sandwich.
It’s one of the first steps taken for another year of the Franklin Mall Christmas Project that was started nearly 65 years ago by the late Frankie and Peg Mall. The Sandwich Lions Club took over the project about 40 years ago when Frankie’s health began to deteriorate.
When it started long ago, the Malls took groceries to a few homes where the “folks were having a tough time of it.” It’s expanded now to an estimated 250 residences within Sandwich School District 430 receiving groceries and a gift card for food at Art’s Food Market.
Persons are urged to donate nonperishable foods such as canned meat, beans and soups; dry pastas, rice, and packaged dinners; cereal; and medium-sized jars of peanut butter and jelly.
The red collection boxes will be in the following locations: Ultimate Fitness, Fox Valley YMCA, Arrowhead Medical Building, United Church of Sandwich, Heartland Bank, Sandwich Public Library, St. Paul Catholic Church, Salem Lutheran Church, Sandwich Federated Church, First National Bank, Midland States Bank, Casey’s, First Midwest Bank, Art’s Food Market, Gjovik Chevrolet, and Johnson’s Floral and Gift.
The groceries will be gathered and stored at the Sandwich Fire Station, with the final pickup Wednesday, Dec. 19, so they can be sorted and packed at the station beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 20. They will be delivered to recipients starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
Those wishing to make referrals, suggesting names and addresses of those who might want or need a box, may call Karen Spangler, Lions Club grocery chairman, at 815 786-2189. If persons who have been recipients in the past would like to remain on the list, they are asked to call her to confirm.
Monetary contributions are also needed. Send checks, written to the Franklin Mall Christmas Project, to the First National Bank, Attn: Deb Hanson Krafft, 100 W. Church St., Sandwich, IL 60548, or to the Sandwich Lions Club, P.O. Box 32, Sandwich, IL 60548. Cash or checks can also be dropped off at the First National Bank.