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  • Trip to North Pole helps families leave health battles behind Dec 13, 2014 6:44 PM
    After challenging times in hospitals and at doctors' offices, children with life-threatening diseases and their families escaped to the North Pole Saturday. Operation North Pole is a volunteer effort that takes kids on a not-to-be-forgotten train ride followed by a special visit with Santa.

  • Mt. Prospect school collects toys for the needy Dec 12, 2014 11:18 PM
    Lions Park School in Mount Prospect held its annual toy drive Friday, where all students bring an unwrapped gift for children who aren’t as fortunate as many of the town’s residents. The Mount Prospect Fire Department collected the toys and placed them in a firetruck for distribution later.

  • Lisle groups help those in need regardless of the season Dec 12, 2014 11:30 AM
    Touchdown for Charity and Poised for Success are two local groups that stretch their giving spirit beyond a single holiday. The knitters and crocheters in Touchdown for Charity, based at The Nook in downtown Lisle, craft caps for premature babies and warm winter wear for families in need. Poised for Success, supported by the Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau, collects business attire to outfit women in need as they interview for jobs and enter the workplace.

  • Believe Project: $100 to add joy for family with health issues, little money Dec 12, 2014 5:15 PM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Mel Fox of Lake Zurich, a teacher who has a student whose family could use a little cheer this Christmas.

  • What’s it like to work for the forest preserve district? Dec 12, 2014 1:24 PM
    “I want your job!” said the twentysomething barista as I ordered my latte at the drive-up window. His comment was based solely on seeing the Forest Preserve District of Kane County emblem on my shirt. My colleagues have had similar reactions when wearing their uniforms. What is it about the Forest Preserve District logo that triggers this response?

  • Catholic Charities provides a merry Christmas for thousands Dec 11, 2014 7:26 PM
    It will be a merrier Christmas this year for the needy families who went home with presents Thursday from the Catholic Charities gift program.

  • Palatine Legion group hosts Santa breakfast Dec. 20 Dec 11, 2014 5:29 PM
    The Sons of the American Legion in Palatine are hosting a special holiday pancake breakfast with Santa open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 20. The event will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 122 W. Palatine Road in Palatine, to raise funds for Legion Family Charities.

  • Despite delays, donors give more than $115,000 to Loaves & Fishes Dec 10, 2014 9:54 AM
    What began as an exciting Giving Tuesday at Loaves and Fishes Community Services was soon complicated when its online donation portal, handled by a third party vendor, continuously crashed, resulting in delays and frustration for many people interested in donating.

  • Volunteers collecting gifts for Wauconda-area families Dec 10, 2014 4:33 PM
    A group of volunteers is collecting Christmas presents for needy Wauconda School District 118 students and their families in what's become an annual tradition.

  • Des Plaines school wins technology in national video contest Dec 10, 2014 7:41 PM
    Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines won up to $60,000 worth of education technology and support after a class led by teachers Dorothy Henson and Cathy Hanley produced a video for a national contest.

  • Donors help all-girls robotics team at Elk Grove Dec 10, 2014 5:35 PM
    Local businesses donated $1,000 to Elk Grove High School’s all-female robotics team, helping them purchase materials to compete in a Northwest Suburban High School District 214-sponsored competition.

  • Soup Kettle chef cooks up good will at Elgin church Dec 10, 2014 1:10 PM
    "I've always enjoyed cooking," said Carl Flaks of Elgin, a longtime volunteer at First Congregational Church of Elgin's Soup Kettle. Flaks, a retired teacher, said the hours he puts into organizing and cooking for the weekly meal are his way of giving back to the community he loves.

  • HandsOn Suburban Chicago connects volunteers to nonprofits in need Dec 10, 2014 12:44 PM
    HandsOn Suburban Chicago, a nonprofit agency based in Arlington Heights, has a list of volunteer opportunities at a time of the year when there is a dramatic increase in needs.

  • Toys for Tots: We’re all invited to play Dec 10, 2014 1:05 PM
    While some families enjoy overflow holiday celebrations and plentiful presents under the tree, the less fortunate raise a cup that’s half-empty. So once again, the Fox Valley Park District is working as an active partner in local collection efforts to provide gifts for children as part of the national Toys for Tots program.

  • Humanitarian Service Project needs donations, volunteers for Christmas Offering Dec 10, 2014 2:17 PM
    The Humanitarian Service Project of DuPage County is seeking donations of new toys and nonperishable food to support underprivileged children and families through its annual Christmas Offering. The Carol Stream-based charity has been putting gifts under the tree for local children in need since 1979. This year, the organization expects to serve 350 families with nutritious groceries while providing 1,600 children and 125 seniors with Christmas gifts.

  • Believe Project: $100 to help woman with small pocketbook, big heart Dec 10, 2014 6:10 PM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Megan Schultz of Itasca, who wants to help a relative with limited means iin an assisted living facility who puts everyone else's needs and happiness before her own.

  • Woodland students shop with teachers Dec 9, 2014 7:57 PM
    Woodland Elementary West staff helped students purchase items Tuesday at the Gurnee Target to be donated to the District 50 Holiday Food Drive.

  • Schaumburg High School charity lunch Friday Dec 9, 2014 1:48 PM
    Students in Schaumburg High School’s Chemistry of Foods and Practices in Entrepreneurship (PIE) are preparing to host the 11th annual Charity Soup Lunch to benefit the SHS Blessings in a Backpack project and the SHS Magic Closet.

  • Veterans group donates $5,000 for College of Lake County memorial Dec 9, 2014 4:34 PM
    A $5,000 donation was presented Tuesday to help with expenses for a veterans memorial at College of Lake County's flagship campus in Grayslake.

  • Believe Project: $100 to accessorize wheelchair for boy with MS Dec 9, 2014 5:23 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Billita Jacobsen of Carpentersville, who wants to jazz up the wheelchair of a boy she's worked with for six years who has MS.

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