Thursday, October 1, 2009

Orland Park begins "Warm a Heart" winter drive

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Village of Orland Park Begins “Warm A Heart” Winter Drive
New Hats, Gloves and Scarves Being Collected

            ORLAND PARK – The Village of Orland Park is hoping to warm some hearts this winter, along with some heads, hands and more. Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin and Village Clerk Dave Maher have teamed up to lead Orland Park’s “Warm a Heart Winter Drive.”
            “We’re calling on residents to donate new winter hats, scarves, and mittens for needy children and adults,” McLaughlin said.
            Orland Park is collecting the items beginning October 1 through the winter months. Collected items will then be delivered to Orland Township for distribution through its assistance program.
            Contributions may be delivered to the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue or the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street.
            “We’ve had a number of people come into the Village Hall, asking how they can help this season, especially with so many families having a hard time with the current economy,” said Orland Park Village Clerk Dave Maher. “We’re happy to be able to offer this cooperative effort with Orland Township,” he added.
                  “When we first offered this program two years ago, the community’s response was wonderful,” said Deputy Village Clerk Joe LaMargo. “Now, with many families struggling to make ends meet, winter wear may not be a part of a family’s budget. That’s where our donations will help keep people warm this winter,” LaMargo added.
            Further information is available by calling the Office of Special Services at 708/403-6188.

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