Kim Lojewski: Westmont residents donate time, money to good causes
A person has to look no further than my office this time of year to understand the compassion and care that the residents of Westmont have for their neighbors, especially during the holiday season.
I have the privilege of sharing my office with all of the Holly Days Giving Tree gifts until the day they are transported and prepared for pick up by their recipients. As I write this, the only clear path left is the one to my office door.
Each year, the Holly Days Committee works with a local agency to present The Giving Tree. The tree is located in the Community Center and is decorated with stars that represent requests from our Westmont neighbors who need a little extra help during the holidays.
The response this year, as always, has been overwhelming: All 79 stars were chosen. Looking around the office, I know that those children will smile a little bigger this Christmas because of the sincere generosity of those who purchased these Giving Tree gifts.
I have also been overwhelmed by the donations for the Holly Days Food Drive. Before we even officially began the food drive on Nov. 18, a couple came to the Community Center and donated several cases of nonperishable items.
In addition, the Progressive Village Performing Network shared its talents with “The Bishop’s Wife” on Dec. 8. Rather than charging a fee for its performance, the group requested food drive donations.
Not only were our collection boxes filled with food but several toys were donated, too. These donations will be sent to the People’s Resource Center here in Westmont.
I am confident in speaking for the Holly Days Committee when I say thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity and support of these programs and those who benefit from them. During a time that is challenging for many, it’s touching to see a community step forward to help those who need it. Best wishes to all of you for a very happy and healthy holiday and a wonderful New Year.
If you would like to know more about the Holly Days Winter Festival or would like to know how you can be involved, please visit www.wpd4fun.org or call 630-963-5252.
Kim Lojewski is superintendent of recreation for the Westmont Park District
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