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Toys, donations needed for Respond Now Holiday Giveaway

During this season of giving, Respond Now is seeking unwrapped new toys for boys and girls from newborn to age 14 for its Holiday Giveaway event on Dec. 12 and 13. 
 
The agency is in need of games, books, craft items, sports equipment and gift cards in $20 amounts. While clothes and food are not needed specifically for this drive, Respond Now always accepts food donations for general use and to give their clients a boost for the holiday. 
 

Helping hands from two organizations serve ministry and the homeless

One helping hand agency recently got assistance from another at the Korean United Methodist Church, 19320 Kedzie Ave. in Homewood. The church’s Overflow Ministry has been helping people through Respond Now in Chicago Heights, the seasonal PADS program for homeless men, a women’s shelter, Catholic Charities and a host of other organizations. Recently, the ministry found it needed some help itself. Operation Nehemiah volunteers came to the rescue.

Runners, walkers and neighbors invited to Respond Now's 5K on Sept. 22

Spaces are still available for Respond Now's annual 5K Walk/Run for Hunger on Sept. 22 at Bicentennial Park in Olympia Fields.
 
Sue Perkins of Flossmoor, a longtime board member at the social service agency, called the annual event an easy and fun way for community members, advocates and supporters old and new to help combat poverty in their neighborhoods.
 

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Junior Friends organization sponsors 'food for fines' to help Respond Now

  Three boys, from left, Gehrig Lucas, 7, with Lucas Miller,
  6, and Oliver Weberg, 9, make a game out of sorting

5K race is fundraiser for Respond Now, PADS and other agencies

With cold weather on the horizon, many people will be searching for ways to help their neighbors in need put food on the table, buy a warm coat for their child or pay the rent to be sure they have a warm place to sleep. A charitable 5K race Sept.24 through Olympia Fields will provide an opportunity to raise funds that benefit Respond Now and three other area agencies, including South Suburban PADS.

Respond Now making it easy to share the holiday spirit

For lots of people, getting into the holiday spirit means heading out to shop, whether it’s buying groceries for a special dish or the latest toy to surprise a child on Christmas morning.
Anyone looking to share that festive feeling with a neighbor can find an opportunity with Respond Now, the social service agency based in Chicago Heights that serves families in Homewood and Flossmoor, among other south suburbs.

Library fines benefiting the hungry

Did you forget about that book or movie that was supposed to go back to the Homewood Public Library?

Now’s your chance to return the late materials and do a good deed.

With the help of the Junior Friends of the Library, patrons who have fines of $1 can get the fine waived by bringing in a canned good for the Food for Fines Drive to benefit the needy at Respond Now, a helping agency in Chicago Heights.

The Food for Fines Drive continues through Friday, Nov 20.

Volunteers gearing up for Respond Now fundraiser Sept. 12

Sue Perkins of Homewood has seen the faces of those in need. That’s why her work as a volunteer at Respond Now is so important to her. She and hundreds of others will come together on Saturday, Sept. 12, for the 4th annual Respond Now 5K Run/Walk for Hunger starting at 9 a.m. at Bicentennial Park in Olympia Fields.

Flossmoor shows giving spirit during MLK Day of Service

Flossmoor residents spent time Monday in service to others — collecting food, making greeting cards, helping the homeless and working with the area's needy — as they marked the village's first Martin Luther King Day of Service.

 

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