Season of giving living up to its name

Updated 11/20/2013 1:09 PM

It's been said this is the season of giving, and as such, I'm going to highlight several efforts going on in the community to support the ailing and the less fortunate. If you have any other examples of do-gooding in the community, please drop me a line.

"Food Court Wars," which spent parts of last week and part of this week filming an upcoming episode at Spring Hill Mall, partnered with West Dundee to hold a food drive Sunday at the fire station on Carrington Drive.


Curt McReynolds, president and chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dundee Township, reports that the club collected nearly 300 pounds of food.

The club will split the donations with the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville and donate the rest. Members of the Keystone Club, a teen leadership group, are expected to drop the donations off this week.

The show's producers approached Village President Chris Nelson to see how they could help the village while they're in town filming. The idea of filming a community food drive resulted and the show's contestants, vying for a rent-free eatery inside Spring Hill Mall's food court, were also on hand offering samples of their food stuffs.

West Dundee officials tell me the episode featuring Spring Hill Mall is expected to air late February, but the Food Network won't confirm that date. I'll keep you posted as I get more information.

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900 pounds of food: The fall harvest of a garden at Algonquin's Wastewater Treatment Facility netted more than 900 pounds of vegetables that were later donated to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry.

Volunteers from the village and the food pantry maintain the garden and this is the second year the village arranged a garden site to support the food pantry.

To date, nearly 2,000 pounds of vegetables grown at the Algonquin Wastewater Treatment Facility have been donated to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry. Their estimated value is $3,000.

Carpentersville firefighters give back: Carpentersville's full-time firefighters set a record this fall by raising $4,155.48 to benefit breast cancer patients at Advocate Sherman Hospital and Presence St. Joseph Hospital, which are both in Elgin.


On Tuesday, firefighters gave half of the money to Sherman and the other half to St. Joseph.

The firefighters raised the money by selling T-shirts and hoodies -- they filled 301 orders and sold 754 garments, according to Arturo Carillo, who helped organize the fundraiser, which is in its fourth year.

• Lenore T. Adkins covers Algonquin, Carpentersville, the Dundees, Community Unit District 300, Grafton Township, Sleepy Hollow and Hampshire. To reach her, call (847) 608-2725 or send an email to

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