The North Suburb YMCA Social Responsibility Committee has kicked off its annual Holiday Collect and Wrap event.
According to a press release, during the month of November, the Y is collecting essential items for “blessing bags” to give to those experiencing homelessness, and hosting a volunteer event from noon to 1 p.m. on December 10. , where volunteers will pack the items in bags.
The blessing bags will be distributed by Project I Am, a non-profit organization that distributes essentials to homeless people.
To fill each blessing bag, the NSYMCA is asking for donations of baby wipes, mini-bottle water, pairs of socks, neosporin packets, travel-sized petroleum jelly, toothbrush, toothpaste, baby wipes alcoholic beverages, bandages, travel size shampoo and conditioner. , washcloths, pocket squares, granola bars or trail mix and peppermints.
The release says all donations can be dropped off at the Y’s front desk until Dec. 9. Cash donations are also accepted; Y staff will purchase the necessary items. The NSYMCA goal for 2022 is to have over 250 Blessing Bags.
“Our annual Holiday Giveback event makes a huge difference in the lives of those less fortunate and unites us in our common humanity,” Jerry Nolan, a member of the NSYMCA’s Social Responsibility Committee for two years, said in a statement. “I am honored to be part of this organization and the social responsibility arm of its mission. I was able to see how these events and these donations have an impact on people who experience the difficulties of homelessness and help them.
Earlier in November, the Y collected leftover Halloween candy and donated it to the Kids Pantry in Mount Prospect, Glenview/Northbrook Youth Services, Souper Saturday Soup Kitchen in Evanston and C24/7 in Chicago.
According to the release, the Y also collects children’s coats, gloves, hats and underwear for local school nursing positions in the Great Lakes and Wheeling school districts.
Through its partnerships, the Y’s Social Accountability Committee has learned that many children come to school without the necessary warm necessities during the cold winter months at school, according to the release. Having a plethora of hot items in a school nurse’s office ensures that every child has warm items to go to school and go to recess.
“No child should ever worry about how to stay warm when they go to school or the playground, so our Y has taken action with this giving campaign and plans to help every year” , said Karen Brownlee, president of social responsibility for the Y, in the Liberation. “Even though our Y is a nonprofit ourselves, our mission is to help other nonprofits in our community, ensuring that we do our part to strengthen families and communities. .
For more information on Blessing Bag Packing Day, or to volunteer or donate, visit nsymca.org or call 847-272-7250.