Palatine Jaycees sponsor shopping for needy families

The Palatine Jaycees made a difference in 10 Palatine families' lives this Holiday season on December 9th by treating each family to a $500 shopping spree at the Palatine Wal-Mart located at 1555 North Rand Road in Palatine.

The Jaycees have been working with several agencies in the community to select 10 needy families that live in Palatine. Each family received a $500 gift card to be used to purchase any items they needed, such as gifts, clothing and food.

According to Stephanie Stopka, one of the Jaycee co-chairs, the Jaycees worked with The Bridge Youth & Family Services, Children's Home & Aid, Palatine Opportunity Center, Palatine Township Senior Center and WINGS, Women In Need Growing Stronger, to select the families. The decision on which families were chosen was based on the recommendations of the agencies.

"This was a wonderful experience," said Natasha Sims, Jaycee project co-chair. "The Palatine Jaycees have always been involved in many community projects. This project being centered around the Holidays was something special."

Every year, the Palatine Jaycees conduct numerous programs to serve the community and accumulate funds for operation of the Chapter and community donations. Included in these projects are Hometown Fest, Best Pizza Contest and others, which benefit the community directly and help raise money.

The Palatine Chapter of the Jaycees, one of 60 local chapters throughout Illinois, has over 120 members and is one of the largest chapters in Illinois. The Jaycees provide individuals between the age of 21 and 40 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community.

The Palatine Chapter holds their monthly general meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM at the American Legion Hall on Palatine Road in Palatine. For further information on the Palatine Jaycees, membership or any of their sponsored events visit their web site at, email them at or call them at 847-604-0288.

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