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Casale: This and That

Community voice

Although I have called Carol Stream my hometown for nearly 37 years, I continue to be amazed by the number of residents, businesses and organizations who do so much for so many. If there is a good cause, there is someone willing to come forward to help our residents and even those who live outside our village. We are certainly fortunate!

Wounded Warrior Project

One such effort was initiated by Carol Stream American Legion Post 76 Auxiliary. Recently, the group hosted a dinner/dance fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. They raised $1,315 and added $685 to donate $2,000 to this very worthy cause.

Annual food drive

The Rotary Club of Carol Stream will host its fifth annual Community Food Drive on April 12, with proceeds going to the Interfaith Food Pantry at the Outreach Community Center, the Humanitarian Service Project and Neighborhood Food Pantries at Lutheran Church of the Master.

“We have always been so excited to see the community’s outpouring of generosity,” said Luanne Newman, executive director of the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club member.

Last year’s collection netted 7.5 tons of food, and hopefully this year’s collection will surpass that amount.

During the past month, collections were held at village businesses and schools and by scout groups and organizations. Now, Newman encourages others to support the drive by bringing donations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 to Glenbard North High School, 990 N. Kuhn Road, Door 7, in Carol Stream. A grocery bag or two or a monetary donation will be greatly appreciated.

Several food drive partners will collect donations in their neighborhoods as well. Volunteers Rose Calkins and Leigh Bailery alone will collect donations from hundreds of homes. And the Young Men’s Service League members and their mothers are coordinating a collection as well.

“We are counting on everyone,” Newman said.

For information, contact Newman at 630-665-3325 or

Giant Garage Sale

Everyone is invited to come out for the Western Trails Elementary School PTA’s third annual Giant Garage Sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 at the school, 860 Idaho St. in Carol Stream.

Electronics, sporting goods, clothes, small furniture and other household items will be priced for resale. The return of the popular Fill a Bag will allow shoppers to fill a bag with as many items as it will hold for $5 each. A bake sale is planned, too.

To contact Jenny Casale, email her at 

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