Brighten the holidays for Prospect Hts. fire victims

  • Dozens of families lost their belongings when a huge fire swept through the River Trails condominium complex in Prospect Heights in July. Now a Wheeling funeral home is leading a drive to collect holiday decorations for those families.

    Dozens of families lost their belongings when a huge fire swept through the River Trails condominium complex in Prospect Heights in July. Now a Wheeling funeral home is leading a drive to collect holiday decorations for those families. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer, August 2018

 
 
Posted11/14/2018 11:43 AM

When you hear about a family losing everything to a fire, the obvious things are first to come to mind -- clothing, furniture, family photos and assorted keepsakes.

But some losses aren't apparent for months, like when fire victims go to decorate their new homes for the holidays. That's what the dozens of families displaced by the massive July fire at the River Trails condominium complex in Prospect Heights are going to experience in the weeks ahead.

 

But there's a way you can help brighten their holiday spirits.

Kolssak Funeral Home in Wheeling is leading a Holiday Decoration Drive for victims of the July 18 fire that ravaged four buildings at the complex, leaving behind an estimated $10 million in damage.

The business at 189 S. Milwaukee Ave. is collecting new and gently used interior decorations, including artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments and garland. Gift cards also can also be donated in $10 increments.

Donations can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 23, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and 24.

Fire victims, with their ID cards issued by the Prospect Heights Police Department, can stop by Kolssak's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, to pick up all donations.

For more information, call (847) 537-6600 or email info@funerals.pro.

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