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Charity Briefs for Sept. 17, 2013

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Updated: September 17, 2013 8:34AM

Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.

Events include Ingalls Memorial Hospital’s 15th annual fashion show in Tinley Park.

Softball Fundraiser: Doctors and staff of Ingalls Memorial Hospital will wear their most fetching ladies’ attire for the 5th Annual Ingalls Softball Fundraiser, featuring the guys from Biedron’s Beauties and Swanson’s Sweeties. Game time is 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Izaak Walton Preserve, 1100 Ridge Road, Homewood. Tickets are $5 and include a raffle entry (winner need not be present), with all proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. Concessions will be sold. To buy tickets or make a donation, or for more information, contact Julie Carlson at (708) 915-6125.

Fall Reveal Fashion Show: Ingalls Memorial Hospital will host The Fall Reveal, its 15th annual fashion show, at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Odyssey Country Club, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. The event features fashion and models from the Apparel Center of Chicago. There will be a reception and silent auctions, followed by lunch and the fashion show at noon. Tickets are $60. Proceeds benefit cancer research through the Ingalls Cancer Clinical Trials program. To buy tickets, call (708) 915-6115.

Benefit for Leukemia Victim: Family Harvest Church and Bella Women’s ministry will host a fundraiser to benefit the family of Mariya Torres, 8, who is battling leukemia, at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the church, 18500 S. 92nd Ave., Tinley Park. For more information, visit

Garage Sale for Haiti: Paul and Vicki Lyons, Owners of Home Helpers in New Lenox, are coordinating a garage sale to benefit the Religious of Jesus and Mary order’s work in Haiti. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 at Life Storage of Mokena, 8531 W. 191st St. For more information, contact Vicki Lyons at (708) 567-7690.

Service Dog Fundraiser: Paws Assisting Wounded WarriorS is holding a fundraiser, “Helping Harold,” to assist with medical costs related to surgery for a service dog. Harold Koal, the poster dog and ambassador for PAWWS, underwent elbow surgery in April, and to offset medical bills, the nonprofit will hold the fundraiser at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Joe Daniels Bar and Grill, 12218 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. Festivities include pizza, raffle baskets, split-the-pot, a jewelry sale and cash bar, and visitors can meet Harold. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Donations of raffle baskets can be dropped off for PAWWS at Pack Leader Academy, 12332 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights.

Bunco Benefit: A Bunco Night Benefit to raise funds for Park Lawn Association in Oak Lawn will be hosted by the Hallgren family Sept. 20 at Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. Reservations will be taken in advance for $25 per seat. For more information, contact Kathy at (708) 422-9569, Joan at (708) 460-2996 or email Park Lawn is a nonprofit that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit

Progressive Dinner: New Lenox restaurants will serve a progressive dinner to benefit Hope Ceroy, a Lincoln-Way Central High School student who is battling cancer. The dinner benefit will be Sept. 21. Hope was a sophomore when she was diagnosed in April with a type of bone cancer that has spread to her lungs. She is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy and has mounting medical bills. Participants will have two routes to choose from. Route 1 starts at Little Joe’s for appetizers, soup, salad and rolls, with dinner at Chicago Dough Co. for a pizza buffet, followed by dessert at Culver’s. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Route 2 begins at Beggars Pizza for appetizers, with a family-style dinner at Tom Kelly’s, with baked chicken, roast beef, mostaccioli and more. A kids menu also is available. Dessert is at Hope’s Kitchen. Cost is $30 per adult and $15 for children under 12. Both routes start at 3 p.m. and each stop will last about one hour. Alcoholic beverages, where available, are extra. Guests must drive themselves to each restaurant. Raffles and giveaways will be held at each stop. Advance tickets are required and are limited to 50 per route. To buy tickets, send a check payable to Tim Howe at P.O. Box 84, New Lenox, IL 60451 by Sept. 18 and include the number of guests and preferred route. For more information, call (708) 244-3906. Donations also can be made to the “Friends of Hope” account at any BMO Harris Bank.

Luau: The Dakota Inn Bar and Grill, 12119 Crawford Ave., Alsip, will host a Hawaiian Luau to benefit kids fighting cancer from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21. There will be food, drink specials and a variety of raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Orland Park-based Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, which provides toys, gifts or gift cards to children and teens diagnosed with cancer. Last year’s event raised nearly $3,000. For more information about the luau, call (708) 388-6622. For more information about the foundation, call (708) 687-8697 or visit

Golf for a Cause: The Fourth Annual James Ryan O’Donnell Memorial Fund Golf Outing & Reception is slated for Sept. 21 at Water’s Edge Golf Club, 7205 W. 115th St., Worth. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The cost of $125 includes the post-golf reception; the golf-only fee of $80 includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch, cocktails, a gift, games and prizes. The reception is from 7 to 11 p.m. at Water’s Edge. A reception-only donation is $50 and includes beer, pop, wine, liquor, dinner, raffles, silent auction and split-the-pot. The fund provides scholarships for Brother Rice High School students. Checks should be made payable to The James Ryan O’Donnell Memorial Fund and mailed to 5741 W. 101st St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453. For more information, call (708) 703-6185 or email

Art Raffle: An art raffle is taking place to benefit the Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest. Raffle tickets are $5, and entrants can win one of three elegant works of art currently on exhibit. The drawing will be held at the end of the exhibit Sept. 22. Winners need not be present. To view the art in color, visit Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Information: (708) 748-3377.

Dine for the Troops: The Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545 Ladies Auxiliary will serve food at Culver’s of New Lenox, 421 E. Lincoln Highway, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 to help the troops overseas. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the VFW if the flyer is mentioned when ordering. Donations also can be made by contacting Linda Paschall at (815) 485-3186.

Walk for Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Montrose Harbor, Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive, Chicago. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. A Joliet-area walk is slated for Oct. 5 at Rock Run Forest Preserve. To start or join a team, visit To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit

‘Chair-ity’ Raffle: Nine decorative chairs and benches from the Frankfort Historic Business Association’s Sit a Bit public art display will be raffled off to benefit various charities. Tickets are $1 each are and available at the various merchants in downtown Frankfort through Sept. 29. The drawing will be held Sept. 30. For more information, visit or the Frankfort Historic Business Association page on

Pumpkin Patch and Mum Sale: The Palos Heights School District 128 band program will host a pumpkin patch and mums sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at Independence Junior High School, 6610 W. Highland, Palos Heights. There will be fall crafts, face painting, games and concessions. All proceeds go to the band program to assist in buying and repairing instruments, sheet music, and other educational activities.

Clinic Benefit Walk: The Will-Grundy Medical Clinic is hosting its sixth annual “Step Up ... Care Now” 5K Walk/Run on Oct. 5 to raise funds for those in need. The course will be the forest preserve trail at Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road, with both the start and finish near Building G. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the walk/run is to begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. Entrants should register by Sept. 25 to guarantee a T-shirt. For a registration form or pledge sheet or to pay by credit card, visit For more information, contact Kim at (815) 726-3377, Ext. 224, or email

Cougar 5K Run/Walk: St. Xavier University will host its 13th annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk during Homecoming Week at 9 a.m. Oct. 5. The race begins and ends at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., and travels through Evergreen Park. Pre-registration is $30 for runners/walkers and $25 for SXU students. Prices increase to $35 for runners/walkers and $30 for SXU students after Sept. 30. Race day registration is $40 for runners/walkers and $35 for SXU students. The family rate is $75 for two adults and one child age 17 or younger. Each additional child is $20. Family rate registration is not available on race day. Participants will receive a ticket to the homecoming football game at 5 p.m. Participants also can enjoy refreshments, massages, stretching, blood pressure checks, free flu vaccinations, children’s activities and pictures with SXU’s cougar mascot. Information:, Use keyword Cougar 5k or call the race hotline at (773) 298-3592.

Domestic Violence: The South Suburban Family Shelter is partnering with eight other Chicago-area domestic violence agencies as an approved charity for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13. The agencies are members of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. There are more than 30 runners on the “Run Domestic Violence Out of Town” team. Other runners registered for the marathon can still join the team. There are several sponsorship opportunities available including a “virtual runner” support level which requires a minimum of $150 in donations. A virtual runner can set up his or her own fundraising page on the team’s Crowdrise webpage, and is encouraged to join the team’s cheering section on the day of the race. A virtual runner will receive a team T-shirt and is invited to attend the Marathon team’s postrace party. Information: (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303 or email

Pasta Extravaganza: The Together We Cope Pasta Extravaganza fundraiser is from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Orland Chateau, 14500 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and include a full dinner buffet, beer, wine and soda. Raffle tickets with the September date, which was changed, will be honored at the Oct. 16 event, and a drawing will take place that evening. Information:

Raffle for a Cause: Southwest Community Services, Inc., will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2014 Dodge Dart SE sponsored by Bettenhausen Automotive, or cash prizes. The raffle is to raise money for the programs and services that the nonprofit offers to more than 450 children and adults with disabilities. Tickets are $25, or five for $100, and will be available through Oct. 27. Only 2,000 will sold. Tickets will be available at Southwest Community Services, Inc. events and online at If all tickets are not sold, the winner will split the proceeds 50/50 with Southwest Community Services, Inc. The drawing will be held at the SCS Texas Hold ’em Tournament on Oct. 27 at Sam’s Triple Crown, 9191 W. 159th St., Orland Hills. The winner need not be present. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Carla at (708) 429-1260, Ext. 1243 or visit

Artisans Wanted: The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons will host its Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Proceeds will benefit the inpatient Silver Cross diabetes program. For more information, call Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.

School Supply Drive: Worth Township is seeking donations to the Apple Tree Program, which provides school supplies for township children in financial need. Donors can bring items to the township building, 11601 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Needed supplies are listed at For more information, call (708) 371-2900, Ext. 45.

School Supplies: The South Suburban Family Shelter is seeking Back to School Angels to donate for a child’s school supply list or clothing or shoe needs. The shelter is accepting gift cards from office supply stores and retailers where school supplies are sold. Donors also can send a check payable to South Suburban Family Shelter to P.O. Box 937, Homewood, IL 60430. For more information, call (773) 671-7955.

Donations needed: The South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items for clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products also are needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood Ave., Homewood. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext.303, before dropping off items.

Food Drive: Two Men and a Truck, an Orland Park-based moving company, is working with Move for Hunger to collect food to help fight hunger. Nonperishable food items will be donated to the Orland Township Food Pantry. To request boxes for food donations when you are moving, or for more information about Move For Hunger, visit

Help Bag Cancer: Stand Up to Cancer and The Safeway Foundation are raising funds for the fight against prostate cancer. Dominick’s grocery stores will be selling a limited edition, reusable shopping bag, embossed with the words, “It starts with a wish; it can end with a cure.” The bags also can be bought online by visiting Dominick’s shoppers also will have a chance to make a separate donation at checkout. For more information, visit or

Recycling: St. Christopher School, 14611 S. Keeler Ave., Midlothian, is holding a recycling fundraiser, and will be collecting items including empty toner and ink-jet cartridges, cell phones, DVDs, video games and video games systems, PDAs, iPods and laptops. The items may be dropped off at the school, parish office or church. Items should be undamaged, and empty toner should be repackaged into the new box of toner. Companies that want to donate but cannot deliver items are asked to call the school at (708) 385-8776. The school also recycles paper, with three bins on the south side of the gravel parking lot on the east side of the building.

Cell Phone Collection: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting cell phones for an ongoing fundraiser, and also is seeking schools, businesses or other organizations to volunteer as collection sites. The shelter provides services for victims of domestic violence. Collection sites include the SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood Ave., Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor. For more information, call (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

Retirees Needed: The Gaylord Building, 200 W. 8th St., Lockport, is seeking volunteers to help lead educational activities and community outreach. Retirees with experience in education, business or a variety of building trades are especially ideal. For more information, call (815) 838-9400 or email

Resale Shop: One More Thing Resale Shop, 343 Main St., Park Forest, is accepting donations of clothing and accessories, appliances, toys and household items. Furniture is accepted by arrangement. One More Thing also is accepting volunteer applications. Sales at the store benefit South Suburban Family Shelter, which supports victims of domestic violence and homeless women with children. Donations are welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Information: Contact Janice at (708) 228-5077.

Repeat Boutique: The Repeat Boutique resale shop, at 18157 Dixie Highway in Homewood, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. All workers are volunteers, and all proceeds go to Grand Prairie Services clients. Items in the shop include clothing, furs, jewlery, shoes, books and household items. Information: (708) 957-5052.

Seeking volunteers: The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking individuals interested in becoming Alzheimer’s Association Community Representatives in Will County. New volunteers will receive training. To become an AACR, visit, click on “volunteer” and select “Alzheimer’s Association Community Rep” on the application form.

Donate unused tickets: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, has joined, an emarketplace ticket service that turns unused tickets into cash donations for nonprofits. Individuals, businesses or corporations can donate unused tickets for sports, music, theater or leisure activities to Lake Katherine. The public can buy tickets via, and 90 percent of the ticket proceeds go to support Lake Katherine. To make a donation and/or buy tickets, visit or Be sure to identify Lake Katherine as your charity of choice. Information: (708) 361-1873.

Text to Give: Nonprofit organization Park Lawn, 10833 S. LaPorte, Oak Lawn, has recently launched a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program allows donors to make a $5 donation through Give by Cell by texting the phrase GIVEPL to the number 20222. Donations are tax-deductible and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Users must be 18 or older or have parental permission to participate, and must agree to the terms and conditions. Message and data rates may apply. For more information, visit

Staples: Together We Cope is seeking certain staples that are in short supply at its food pantry. Canned soup, pasta, rice and breakfast cereal in particular can be dropped off at the pantry, 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Contact Carol Ettema, pantry director, at (708) 633-5040 if you wish to conduct a food drive for those items.

Purr-fect Donations: The South Suburban Humane Society is seeking donations to help take care of kittens. The humane society is registered at Target and Wal-Mart. Donated items also can be dropped off at The South Suburban Humane Society at 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, or the SSHS Spay/Neuter Clinic at 18349 S. Halsted St., Glenwood.

Encore Shop Expansion: The newly expanded Encore Shop, the resale shop of Silver Cross Hospital, is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month. The shop is in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet, the former Silver Cross Hospital campus. Donations of gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items and books can be dropped off there. Call (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117. Past proceeds have helped buy X-ray equipment, ICU beds, laptop computers, dialysis and mammography equipment, surgery carts and more for the nonprofit hospital.

Pizza for a cause: St. Christopher School and Kenootz Pizzeria have teamed up for an Eat and Earn Fundraiser on the first Tuesday of each month. Kenootz Pizzeria, 4659 W. 147th St., Midlothian, is donating 25 percent of all profits for dine-in, carry-out and delivery order (before taxes, gratuity, and coupons) to the school. Be sure to mention St. Christopher when ordering to have the percentage donated. Call the pizzeria at (708) 535-0005.

Target St. Christopher School: St. Christopher School in Midlothian is continuing its participation in Target Corp.’s “Take Charge of Education” program. To help the school, individuals need to use their Target REDcard and inform the checkout person that they would like St. Christopher School to receive credit for the purchase. It does not cost the purchaser anything and Target Corp. will donate up to 1 percent of the REDcard purchases to the school.

Shopping for school: The Summit Hill Educational Foundation is part of the Dominick’s family of stores’ eScrip program. To participate in the SHEF fundraiser, individuals need to register their Fresh Values cards at Dominick’s. For information, call (815) 474-9052 or visit

Donations needed: Neat Repeats Resale stores in Orland Park and Worth are in need of gently used women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry along with small household appliances and kitchen items in good working order. The Neat Repeats stores depend on community residents to provide the inventory for the retail operations. All donations benefit women and children who are receiving services free of charge from the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. Items can be dropped off at either store location: 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth, (708) 361-6860; or 9028 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, (708) 364-7605.

Sharing soles: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia, is collecting shoes for the Share Your Soles organization. Any gently worn shoes will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The goal of the charity is to provide shoes to underprivileged families worldwide. Call (708) 403-4222.

Pets for vets: To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, the Animal Welfare League offers all veterans with military ID an exclusive 20 percent adoption fee discount. Adoptions include a free leash and collar or cat carrier, AVID Microchip, 10-day health care and one-year rabies vaccination. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at or by visiting the Chicago Ridge location, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Veterans can also get a 10 percent discount off veterinary services through its clinic, which is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Information: visit or call (877) 473-8223.

Volunteers sought: Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help at “The Giving Tree” donation center at 3016 S. State St. in Lockport. Volunteers will assist with sorting, organizing and distributing a variety of items. Volunteers must be available to help on weekdays and be at least 18. Contact Marianne Holzhauer at (815) 774-4663, Ext. 3105 for information. If you are in need of services, contact Daybreak Center at the same phone number. For more information about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, visit

Ring up donations: South Suburban Family Shelter is seeking cell phone donations and new cell phone collection sites for its ongoing fundraising program. The agency works with a company that specializes in the collection and recycling of used cellular phones. Some cell phone collection sites include: SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road., Flossmoor. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext.303.

Filling pantries: Working to meet unprecedented demand at its pantries in Worth and Summit, Catholic Charities southwest regional office is accepting donations of food and money earmarked for the pantries at its office, 7000 W. 111th St. in Worth. Call (708) 430-0428.

New program: Sertoma Centre Inc. hopes to reach a growing population of individuals who have been dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness. Its new program is a part of the Developmental Training Programs at Sertoma Centre, which will provide the opportunity for individuals to receive group or individual counseling. Participants in the program also will be given alternatives to talk therapies to better suit the needs of a wide range of individuals. Art, sand and play therapy techniques will be utilized for those who struggle with expressing their thoughts and feelings. Also, the utilization of poetry, music, and journaling will be implemented for relaxation and therapeutic interventions. Contact Heather Beckner at (708) 730-6333 or at

Gift cards aid shelter: South Suburban Family Shelter is participating in Jewel-Osco’s gift card program. Gift cards are available for purchase in $25, $50 and $100 increments, and the shelter will receive a 5 percent rebate for cards sold by the agency. Payment is made to South Suburban Family Shelter for the face value of the gift card: Proceeds benefit the programs and services provided free of charge to victims of domestic violence and their families. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext.303, or visit the administrative offices at 18139 Harwood, Homewood.

Tickets for a cause: Sertoma Centre Inc. has joined, a ticket exchange website, to offer a new way for supporters to donate. The Tix4Cause website provides an online platform where ticketholders can donate unwanted tickets to Sertoma Centre and receive a tax deduction. Buyers then purchase these tickets, often at reasonable prices, and Tix4Cause passes 100 percent of the proceeds on to Sertoma Centre. Tix4Cause handles every aspect of customer service including ticket processing and handling. Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park is the first to donate tickets on behalf of Sertoma Centre. The tickets are valued at $140 and include four rounds of open play, 1-18 holes on their course. Sertoma Centre Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides services to more than 625 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities and/or mental illness. Contact Melanie Jones at (708) 730-6206, or visit

Shop for PADS: South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has joined the network of charitable organizations that turn gently used fashions and accessories into cash at the Spree store at 151st Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park. All donations of gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses and other accessories donated at the Spree store can earn money for PADS. When individuals drop their items at Spree and select PADS as the charity of their choice, PADS receives a check for these donations. Information: Contact Dawn Thrasher at (708) 754-4357, Ext. 107, or

Replenish the pantry: Elsie’s Pantry, located at Moraine Valley Community Church in Palos Hills, has an ongoing need for canned goods and monetary donations to keep up with the increasing need. Since June 2000, the pantry has served more than 27,000 people living in Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Hickory Hills and parts of Bridgeview, Justice, Orland Park, Willow Springs and Worth. However, donations have decreased over the past two years, forcing the pantry to use its reserves, which, if not replenished, would run out by the end of the year. Canned goods can be brought to the church between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Donations by check may be made to Elsie’s Pantry, 8601 W. 107th St., Palos Hills, 60465. Information: (708) 598-4435.

Free bag of food: New Mercies Community Services was organized in 2003 to provide support services to low-income, elderly and disabled families in south Cook County. The organization operates a food pantry in Midlothian that distributes bags of food twice weekly to this same targeted population. Food distribution is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at New Mercies Community Services, 3824 W. 147th St., Midlothian. Donations to support the service also are sought. Information: Laurie Reed at (708) 606-2864.

Come clean: Together We Cope is seeking donations of personal care items — including shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and disposable razors — that will be shared with families utilizing food pantry services. Donations of any quantity may be dropped off at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburban communities. Information: Suellen or Tina at (708) 633-5040 or

Reaching out: Together We Cope in Tinley Park has established an emergency outreach food program with Faith United Methodist Church as a partner. Emergency bags of nonperishable food will be delivered to the Orland Park church to increase outreach to families needing food. The organization seeks to establish similar partnerships with other area churches. Information: Mary Ann Baer at (708) 633-5040.

Furniture pickup: Together We Cope has added an additional day to its schedule for furniture pickups in Tinley Park and nearby suburbs. With pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays, there now is new inventory of gently used furniture twice a week at the organization’s resale shop, located at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. The shop is open six days a week, and a small donation is requested for furniture pickups. Information: Call the shop at (708) 633-9180 or visit Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in crisis from 27 south suburban communities.

Help soldiers call home: “Cell Phones for Soldiers” was started by two teenagers to help buy calling cards to send to U.S. military stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. They are collecting old cell phones and accessories. The cell phones are recycled for cash and proceeds used to buy the calling cards for the soldiers. “Cell Phones for Soldiers” has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. Daniels Printing and Office Supply, 14800 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, is an official drop-off point for any make or model cell phone. Information:

Seeking senior volunteers: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities is seeking people 55 or older willing to share their talents and help those in need at a variety of local organizations, mainly in the Joliet Diocese. Catholic Charities will match individual interests with available volunteer opportunities and will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: Cindy, (815) 933-7791, Ext. 125.

Donate cell phones: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting old cell phones to be recycled. The recycling process produces revenue to support the shelter’s services. The Rotary Club of Park Forest has paired up with the shelter to help in the collection process. For a list of donation sites, visit and click on “cell phone locations,” or and click on “donate.”

Wendy’s Night: VFW Post 177 MacDonald-Linn has a fundraiser between 5 and 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Wendy’s Restaurant at 79th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. Proceeds benefit the VFW National Home for Children, located in Michigan. Participants simply order food (drive-through or sit-in) from Wendy’s during this time period, and Wendy’s donates a portion of its profits to this cause.

Food for victims: South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items such as canned soups, vegetables and fruit for its clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products (regular, not sample size please) are also needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood, Homewood. Please call ahead before dropping off items. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.

Text to Give: St. Xavier University’s Department for University Advancement has announced a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the university’s Class Gift Fund and the St. Xavier Fund. The program allows donors to make $10 donations using their mobile phones through Give by Cell. You can make a gift to the Class Gift Fund by texting CLASSGIFT with your first and last name to 20222, or make a gift to the St. Xavier Fund by texting SXU with your first and last name to 20222. Donors can give multiple times a month depending on your carrier. Donations are tax-deductible, and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. For information, visit

CARE Program: ComEd offers customer assistance programs that help deployed members of the military and disabled veterans who have fallen behind on their bills, plus programs for low-income families and for nonprofits. For more information or to enroll, visit ComEd.Com/CARE or call (888) 806-2273.