Mundelein groups ensure Thanksgiving feast for families in need

  • Mundelein police officers Rachel Messina and Joshua Peterson load donated turkeys from Elly's Pancake House Tuesday morning. Elly's donated 40 turkeys to the police department and 36 others to the Fremont Township Food Pantry. The turkeys will be distributed to area families in need.

      Mundelein police officers Rachel Messina and Joshua Peterson load donated turkeys from Elly's Pancake House Tuesday morning. Elly's donated 40 turkeys to the police department and 36 others to the Fremont Township Food Pantry. The turkeys will be distributed to area families in need. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Mundelein officer Joshua Peterson packs donated turkeys into a police vehicle Tuesday at Elly's Pancake House.

      Mundelein officer Joshua Peterson packs donated turkeys into a police vehicle Tuesday at Elly's Pancake House. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Mundelein Police Department Cmdr. Pat Gara, left, and Chief Eric Guenther load donated turkeys Tuesday morning from Elly's Pancake House.

      Mundelein Police Department Cmdr. Pat Gara, left, and Chief Eric Guenther load donated turkeys Tuesday morning from Elly's Pancake House. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 11/20/2018 7:30 PM

Several Mundelein-area families in need will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, thanks to a caring community effort.

Elly's Pancake House donated 76 turkeys Tuesday to area families; the Mundelein Police Department received 40 turkeys to distribute in the village, while the other 36 went to the Fremont Township Food Pantry to be given to families in the township outside the village.

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Forty Mundelein families who were given turkeys by the police department also received side dishes that were provided by Girl Scout Daisy Troop 45730, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 45193, Girl Scout Cadet Troop 40310, a Mundelein mother-and-daughter book club, Mundelein Home Depot, Mundelein Latino Citizens Police Academy, and the Mundelein After School Coalition.

It's the 18th year the police department has teamed up with Elly's for the effort, with police officers Rachel Messina and Anastasios Koumantos coordinating Tuesday's deliveries.

The meals were packed in the morning and delivered in the afternoon. Families receiving the meals were chosen by contacts developed through the police department, churches and Mundelein school districts.

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