CHICAGO (CBS)– Want to make a difference this holiday season? Local organizations are helping to ensure residents stays safe and warm, and they need your help.
Here are local holiday drives taking place throughout the Chicago area.
West Side Holiday Drive
The “West-Side Holiday Drive,” hosted by Earth’s Remedies, will offer services aimed to aid families on the West Side of Chicago who have been hit hardest by COVID-19. Throughout November and December, the local organization will partner with community groups to give back.
“Winter Wellness” packages will be given out to people experiencing homelessness along with meals for families in need. The free packages will include sanitation kits, winter wear and non-perishable items.
Winter in Chicago is difficult for marginalized families on the West-Side of Chicago & Covid-19 has tightened resources. E.R. is officially launching our Annual Resource Drive for families experiencing food & resource disparities!https://t.co/rjTVBVqelE #SaveTheWestSideChicago pic.twitter.com/cQighN193Q
— Earth's Remedies (@Earths_Remedies) November 1, 2020
Earth’s Remedies will also be hosting a Youth Winter Resource & Toy Drive From Dec. 13 to Dec. 20, to provide educational resources, toys and winter necessities to families in need on the West Side.
In addition, the local organization has partnered with Clearly Filtered, a water filter company, that will donate 40 water filter pitchers to Earths Remedies to help families on the West Side dealing with lead piping issues, making it unsafe to drink the water.
Organizers are asking for donations through a GoFundMe page.
JUF Coat Drive
An annual coat drive, hosted by the JUF/Jewish Federation of Chicago, will help children in need this winter. The Chanukah Coat Club will be donating coats, mittens and other winter accessories.
Donations of $18 can give a new coat to a child and can be made in honor of loved ones, who will receive a personalized card. Last year’s drive raised nearly $160,000.
Rotary Club of Naperville Holiday Drive-By Drop-of
Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise is holding a Holiday Drive-By Drop-off food and toy drive on Friday, November 20 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in front of Naperville Country Club.
The event is planned to support West Suburban Community Pantry. Items needed include new unwrapped toys, canned food for Thanksgiving and new unwrapped books.
For additional information or to donate visit www.wscpantry.org.
Food for Paws Holiday Food Drive
The Waukegan Park District is hosting the Food for Paws Holiday Food Drive this holiday season. The annual collection of pet food and supplies supports Waukegan Animals Getting Saved.
Donations will be accepted from Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 at the Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center, located at 800 N. Baldwin Ave.
A full list of items that can be donated can be found at waukeganparks.org/paws.
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce has launched the Andersonville Cares Initiative to help residents during the holiday season.
Resources available include connections to flu shots, COVID-19 testing and mental health resources. Check out the available services online.
CBS 2 will continue to provide updates on Holiday drives and available resources throughout the holiday season. Check back for updates.