Good News Sunday: Palatine honors basketball team for 4th place finish at state

This is Good News Sunday, a compilation of some of the more upbeat and inspiring stories recently published by the Daily Herald:

It was a historic year for the Palatine High School boys basketball team, which made it downstate for the first time in school history and returned with a fourth place trophy.

The Palatine village council welcomed the triumphant Pirates to its chambers Monday, where they honored the team for its achievements on and off the court.

“It was an unbelievable run,” Mayor Jim Schwantz said. “When social media is used for good things, like following you guys for those five or six weeks leading up to the state championships, that was pretty cool.”

Schwantz said the team also was being honored for how they represented themselves and the town.

Coach Eric Millstone called Monday’s recognition a privilege and an honor.

“It’s even better having a Fremd guy (Schwantz) having to introduce us,” he added, drawing some laughs.

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Gary United Methodist Church participants head out for the 2023 CROP Walk. This year's 40th anniversary walk begins at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. To sign up and/or donate, go to Courtesy of Gary United Methodist Church

Wheaton/Glen Ellyn CROP Walk on May 5 will mark 40 years

Wheaton/Glen Ellyn CROP Walk on Sunday, May 5, will for the 40th year raise funds for and awareness of the ever-present food insecurity issues in DuPage County and around the world.

CROP Walk funds support DuPage Senior Citizens Council, Wheaton People's Resource Center, and Glen House Food Pantry, as well as international efforts.

Over the past 40 years, the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn CROP Walk has raised more than $660,000, with more than $163,000 providing for people in need in DuPage County. It consistently ranks as one of the top CROP Walks in the country.

Ten churches and organizations in our community will start the walk at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave. in Wheaton.

They will walk for 3 miles around the streets of Wheaton. Anyone is welcome to join in the walk and contribute to the cause.

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United Airlines employees help pack toiletry items and socks into kits for Chicago area migrants as part of Earth Month. Courtesy of United Airlines

Unused airline goods repurposed for the needy

On a recent Wednesday, a group of United Airlines employees briefly shifted from the business of transporting passengers to assembling thousands of kits with essential items for Chicago-area migrants.

In an event timed to coincide with Earth Month, volunteers took unused products such as socks, eye masks, toothpaste, and hand sanitizer from United premium cabin stock and reassembled them as hygiene kits. Some customers pitched in, as well.

The project at O’Hare International Airport was coordinated with Good360, a nonprofit that connects corporate donations with people and communities in need. In 2023, United provided 115,000 hygiene kits to individuals.

The hygiene kits will be distributed to Chicago-based Instituto del Progreso Latino to assist local migrant families experiencing homelessness.

“Upcycling United goods reduces waste and furthers the life cycle of such products,” airline officials said. “These events reduce our waste and provide hygiene access to those who need it.”

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