‘Have a Heart’ Gearing up for Holidays
While the holiday season is a time for most of us to relax and take a break, it’s actually one of the busiest times of the year for the volunteers at “Have a Heart” who are working overtime to make life better for thousands in our own community.
“Have a Heart,” which has been around since 1996, is traditionally open two Saturdays every month to distribute food, clothes and other supplies to those in need. Jo Smith, a one-time member of the District 50 Board of Education, created the organization when she realized how many children were in need of help.
On Saturday, December 21, “Have a Heart” will be having a special Christmas distribution day where families also receive toys and a Christmas food box. It’s an important event, but organizers are quick to point out that “Have a Heart” is a year round operation, and the need goes beyond the holiday season.
“Items that many of us take for granted like toilet paper, personal hygiene items, tooth paste, toothbrushes and shampoo are really important,” said Board Member Debbie Smith. “One boy took his new toothbrush to school because he was so excited to have one.”
Saturday, Dec 21 - Christmas Distribution Day toys for children, Christmas box with food 8 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
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Posted December 19, 2013