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Casale: Introducing, 'This and That'

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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 2:20 p.m. CST
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Jenny Casale

I am proud to say that Carol Stream has been my hometown for 36 years. Our residents are always willing to help in difficult times as well as come together to celebrate our successes.

With that being said, I dedicate this column to our residents and will do my best to share your tidbits of information about fundraisers, accomplishments, celebrations and more.

Remembering Brittany

Recently, I wrote an article about the Brittany’s Trees fundraiser, which supports the SADS (sudden arrhythmia death syndrome) Foundation.

In doing so, I learned this fundraiser came about after Carol Stream’s Brittany Valene passed away days before her ninth birthday in February 2005 from this congenital heart disease.

Wishing to keep her memory alive, 25 neighbors placed Colorado spruce trees draped in white lights on their lawns the following Christmas – thus the beginning of Brittany’s Trees.

Last year, 1,250 trees were delivered, raising $20,000 for the SADS Foundation. And thanks to many supporters, all 1,500 trees ordered for this year’s fundraiser were purchased.

Citizen of the Year search

Carol Stream’s Citizen of the Year Committee invites organizations to honor a member or members by nominating them for Carol Stream 2013 Citizen of the Year, Special Citizen of the Year or for the Judge’s Recognition by Dec. 14.

The COTY Committee will honor all nominees for Citizen and Special Citizen during a dinner Feb. 8, 2014, at the Carol Stream Holiday Inn.

“Carol Stream is such a giving community and there are many phenomenal volunteers that deserve recognition,” said Mary Frusolone, nomination committee chairperson.

More information and nominating forms can be found at citizenoftheyear.com.

Keeping students warm

Thanks to Community Consolidated School District 93 staff, the sixth annual coat fundraiser provided coats for 53 students and other forms of essential winter apparel to another 20 students. Additionally, all district nurse’s offices were supplied with sweatshirts, sweatpants, underwear, gloves and coats to loan or give out as needed.

Helping Washington, Ill.

During the Dec. 2 Christmas dinner, hosted by Carol Stream American Legion Post 76 Auxiliary, members and guests donated $105 for the Washington tornado victims. These funds, along with other donations collected during December, will benefit Washington and Pekin Legion members affected by the tornadoes.

Happy holidays

Here’s wishing all of you a most beautiful holiday and happy, healthy new year!

Jenny Casale is a longtime Carol Stream resident. Once a month, she will share her reflections about community events and achievements in a special column titled “This and That.”

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