New Trier Township Seeks Giving Spirit

In 2009 New Trier Township volunteers assembled 60 Thanksgiving Food Bags and Baskets.


Winnetka, November 1, 2010 – As the holiday’s approach New Trier Township is seeking individuals, families, civic and religious organizations, and businesses to provide the spirit of the season by participating in its Holiday Sharing Program. 
"Every day we hear about a family that has fallen on hard times due to a recent loss of employment or an unforeseen financial hardship that plagues them," notes Patricia B. Cantor, Supervisor. "Through Holiday Sharing, a long-time Township tradition, we are able to provide qualified residents who have an economic need and specific family or personal hardship with support and understanding and bring some level of dignity to celebrating the holidays," explains Cantor. 
The Holiday Sharing Program matches a sponsor with a child under the age of 18, or an entire family if the sponsor so desires, and provides them with a list. The list is rather basic, explains Cantor, and includes two items that are needed and two items that the child wishes for. Among the more commonly needed items are clothing, such as jeans, or a Pace or Metra pass to assist students with getting to and from school. Wished for items can include gift cards, games, or a sports team t-shirt. "We do not suggest a specific amount to spend, but ask for a commitment to purchase at least two of the four requested items," said Cantor. "In past years some sponsors have also provided gift cards for the parent, which is a much appreciated gift as well," adds Cantor. 
Interested sponsors are asked to contact the Social Services Administrator at 847-446-8201 by November 15th. Gifts will be due to the Township office by December 17th. The gifts are distributed by Township staff in private appointments with the recipients.
The Township also has an Angel Fund that is funded solely with cash donations. "During the Thanksgiving holiday your financial contribution will help us purchase items to create food gift bags for neighbors in need," added Cantor. Most recently the Angel Fund provided assistance to 400 Township income eligible students with gift cards to purchase Back-To-School supplies.
"The economic downturn has had a direct affect on all of us and we are seeing a dramatic increase of families needing assistance not only during the holidays, but also throughout the year," added Cantor. "Beyond the spirit of the season the need continues and we always welcome donations and drives for our Pantry throughout the year," she said. The Township publishes an on-line wish list for the pantry and a convenient form for making a donation to the Angel Fund.
About New Trier Township
New Trier Township’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to benefit the physical, mental and social-well being of Township residents.  Established in 1850, New Trier Township government serves the 56,000 residents in the villages of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe, plus portions of Glenview and Northfield. The Township Office is located at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka or on-line at


739 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093 P. (847) 446-8202 F. (847) 446-1743
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