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A Brighter Holiday Season Because of You

Posted by Linda Moore, Midwest CareCenter Administrative Assistant, Volunteer Department

A Brighter Holiday Season Because of You

Midwest CareCenter spearheaded two collection drives for those in need this holiday season and the response has been overwhelming. All week there has been a steady stream of volunteers, staff and friends coming in with their donations. They are coming to the aid of one of our patients whose family needed extra support over the holidays. The patient, a 21-year old mother of two children, died in our hospice this week.

The family has limited resources, so in an effort to bring some much-needed joy to their home for Christmas, we collected toys for her 2-year old son and her 4-year old daughter and groceries for the family. Many gift-wrapped boxes and a dozen bags of non-perishable food items will be delivered to them early next week.

One volunteer had shared the word with her friends and asked them to help, resulting in an envelope filled with gift cards for groceries and other necessities. Several told their children about those in need, and the kids helped select the items to donate. Others came in with spouses or other family members who wanted to help out. The most remarkable thing was that not one of them wanted a thank you or recognition for their gift, they all just wanted to be sure that people were responding with what was needed.

Throughout the year, we often have patients and families who are in need of a helping hand. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to Midwest CareCenter and designate your contribution to the Special Wishes Fund. Please contact Jason Gillespie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (847) 556-1617.

For a separate Mittens and Meals collection, we received donations of non-perishable food items and new mittens, hats, scarves and socks. The food will benefit two local food pantries - the Northfield Township Food Pantry which serves families in Northfield, Northbrook, and Glenview, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository which provides meals and groceries for veterans. The clothing items are being donated to The Night Ministry.

We are touched by the generosity of everyone who contributed to the collection drives this year and we thank you for making this a true season of sharing.

Happy Holidays!

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