Island Lake volunteers pack gifts, meals for needy families

  • Island Lake Trustee Mark Beeson and other volunteers pack food into boxes for needy families Thursday as part of the village's Angel Tree project.

      Island Lake Trustee Mark Beeson and other volunteers pack food into boxes for needy families Thursday as part of the village's Angel Tree project. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Island Lake trustees John Burke, left, and Mark Beeson load boxes of food for needy families into a van Thursday as part of the annual Angel Tree project.

      Island Lake trustees John Burke, left, and Mark Beeson load boxes of food for needy families into a van Thursday as part of the annual Angel Tree project. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/22/2016 5:03 PM

Island Lake officials and community volunteers came together Thursday to pack and deliver holiday presents for 28 needy families.

Working in the gym at village hall, they also boxed up hams, milk, potatoes, vegetables and more for the families selected as part of the village's annual Angel Tree project.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Once the boxes and bags of presents were ready, they were loaded into a van owned by Trustee Mark Beeson and taken out for delivery.

"It is heartwarming to see how the community steps up to take care of folks," Village Clerk Georgine Cooper said.

Launched in 2011, the project is funded entirely with community donations.

"Last year's donors were so generous that we didn't need to put out the collection jars this year," Cooper said.

Recipients were chosen based on information available at local schools.

"It's a nice program to help people in the village who are less fortunate at Thanksgiving and at Christmas," Trustee John Burke said.

Daily Herald staff writer Steve Lundy contributed to this report.

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