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This and That: Recognizing those who make Carol Stream better

It's always nice to share news about a local group that has a do-good attitude. This is especially nice when the news highlights our youth.

Community Girlz continue their mission

Carol Stream's Community Girlz are making a difference inside and outside their community with their good deeds. These young ladies formed the Community Girlz when they were only 9 and 10, and this fall they will head to high school.

The small group got together the summer of 2010 when the Girlz decided to do something special for their community. During their weekly meetings, they planned a front yard fundraiser for the local animal shelter. They made crafts, jewelry and balloon animals in addition to selling baked goods and lemonade. Their first fundraiser netted $500 for DuPage County Animal Care and Control.

During the following summers they hosted fundraisers for the American Cancer Society (raising $800) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (raising $1,300), and last summer's fundraiser netted $2,200 to promote autism awareness and support autistic students at Jay Stream Middle School, where they attend school.

During the 2013-14 school year, the Girlz met with autism specialists and school administration in order to decide the best way to spend the money. It was decided that $500 would go to the Autism Society of Illinois, and in return, the organization agreed to speak during two school assemblies at no charge.

Additional ideas for the $1,700 included using the money for educational field trips for autistic students or additional classroom tools to assist the students as they focus and learn.

At this time, the Community Girlz are in the process of choosing a benefactor and date for this year's fundraiser that will be held in August.

Original members Donna Gieser, Emily Giovingo, Lydia Sullivan, Tam Ta and Jessica Xhumari were eventually joined by Sharille Centi, Abigail Sopiarz, Kelly Boland and Kate Johnson.

“We are so proud of them and their efforts to make a difference in their community,” parent Ann Gieser said.

Church to hold community blood drive

Carol Stream's Saint Luke Catholic Church will host a community-wide blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 at the church, 421 Cochise Court.

Those interested in donating blood are recommended to make appointments by visiting and using sponsor code CS42, or calling 877-543-3768. Walk-ins are welcome too!

To prepare for your donation, you should eat well, stay hydrated and bring your ID.

Keep in mind that one pint of blood can save three lives.

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