Fox Valley Women to host 'Unity in the Community' Day of Action Feb. 13

  • In place on the annual Fox Valley Women's March, We Can Lead Change-Fox Valley is collecting disposable diapers and nonperishable food items for local families in need.

    In place on the annual Fox Valley Women's March, We Can Lead Change-Fox Valley is collecting disposable diapers and nonperishable food items for local families in need. Daily Herald archive

 
 
Posted2/2/2021 7:37 PM

We Can Lead Change-Fox Valley is calling on its Fox Valley Women's March supporters to "March Into Action" this February by supporting people in most need through a Unity in the Community 2021 Day of Action on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, the Fox Valley Women's March is choosing to not gather on the streets of downtown Geneva this winter as they have done for the past two years, but that doesn't mean would-be marchers are sitting on the sidelines.

 

With the financial devastation COVID-19 has caused for area families at the forefront, the Fox Valley Women's March, sponsored by WCLC-FV, is looking to spread some love this Valentine's weekend by collecting disposable diapers and nonperishable food items.

Donations will be given to Mutual Ground and Hesed House in Aurora, Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, and the Elgin Partnership for Early Learning.

Those wishing to donate may shop online by visiting the Fox Valley Women's March Amazon wish list at amzn.to/39AbvJv and purchases will be delivered directly to WCLC-FV.

For those wishing to shop in person, no-contact drop off sites will be available starting Wednesday, Feb. 10 throughout the Fox Valley.

The collection will culminate with a special donation-gathering event on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Timbers Office Park, 220 W. River Drive, across from Boy Scout Island on Route 31 in St. Charles.

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While the members of WCLC-FV regret not being able to host march this year, the core purpose of the grass-roots organization is to support positive change in the community and the world, said event co-organizer Mary O'Connor of St. Charles. "This year, our membership believes the best way to support those goals is to adapt and respond to the current most pressing needs of our community, where many have faced devastating financial losses and health challenges," O'Connor said.

WCLC-FV members are seeking quality, unopened and unexpired items to help those most in need. Disposable diapers are in demand due to their high cost for young families.

"If you choose to donate nonperishable food items, we ask that you consider sharing items that your own family would wish to receive during hard times, such as canned soup, boxed pasta, and breakfast cereal," O'Connor said. "The easiest option is to visit our Amazon wish list to choose items that are most in demand," she said.

Donations not ordered online can be left at the following no-contact drop-off locations beginning Feb. 10 through Feb. 13:

• 2903 Dale Court, Montgomery;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• 347 Sutton Court, Sugar Grove;

• 20 N. Lancaster Ave., Aurora;

• 439 Elizabeth St., Batavia;

• 14 Brookfield Lane, Geneva;

• 0N327 King Drive, Geneva;

• 19 Southgate Course, St. Charles;

• 3448 Dover Hill Court, St. Charles;

• 8N290 Sunvale Court, South Elgin;

• First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave., Elgin.

We Can Lead Change-Fox Valley is a nonpartisan grass-roots organization run by committed, passionate volunteers. It was formed in 2017 by a group of concerned women and men in response to the 2017 Women's March. It has successfully campaigned and led rallies that have far exceeded expectations and continue to influence the local Kane County and national political climate. Information is available at www.wecanleadchange.com or contact wecanleadchange@gmail.com.

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