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This and That: Carol Stream supports military through summer events

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 1:29 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 1:45 p.m. CST
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Jenny Casale

Regardless of the cause, you can count on the Carol Stream community to support those in need. This was especially obvious at the fifth annual Support Our Troops Concert on July 17 at the Ross Ferraro Town Center. 

The group 7th heaven played to a packed house with concertgoers making donations and purchasing raffle tickets with proceeds benefiting our troops.

Additionally, items were collected through July 25 at Village Hall. As a result, snack bars, peanut butter, sunscreen, beef jerky and other requested items will be forwarded to our military through Operation Support Our Troops America, which is based out of Lisle.

This year’s collection netted about 800 pounds in donations and $1,002 from the raffle.

“The village is grateful to all who came out that evening to support our troops," said Chris Oakley, assistant to the village manager. "The overwhelming show of support was impressive and testimony to the deep respect our community and our guests have for our enlisted military personnel serving our nation."

This organization welcomes your requests to have a deployed service person serving in harm’s way receive a comfort package. They will receive at least one 25-pound box filled with comfort items that cannot either be found at the military base store or items that are not the same as what can be found back home. The comfort package also will include letters and drawings from the community members who helped supply the items in the box.

To get more information or request a comfort package, visit www.osotamerica.org/comfort-packages.

Carol Stream’s Community Girlz are at it again! This year they hosted a fundraiser to benefit the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton.

“This year the Girlz decided they wanted to give back to those who have given so much in service to their country,” Girlzmom Ann Gieser said.

The front yard fundraiser took place Aug. 9 at 136 Arapahoe Trail.

There were plenty of activities for the kiddies, including balloon animals, and the Girlz sold handmade crafts, jewelry, baked goods, lemonade and more.

The Girlz began with five members who met during summer 2010 when they were only 9 and 10 years old. Their first fundraiser allowed them to donate $500 to DuPage County Animal Care and Control.

Now, there are 10 members, including Donna Gieser, Emily Giovingo, Lydia Sullivan, Tam Ta, Jessica Xhumari, Abigail Sopiarz, Kelly Boland, Kate Johnson, Yahvi Mahendra and Marielle Beleta.

Thanks, Girlz, for all you do for others!

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