Letter to the editor: Thank you to Plainfield community

1/14/2016, 9:23 a.m.
The Plainfield community gave generously again to the 2015 Needy Family Drive which helped over 30 families during the holidays.

In 2015, the Plainfield community once again showed its generous support of the Needy Family Drive. This was the 23rd year for this project and our goal continues to be making the holiday season a little merrier for some unfortunate families of Plainfield School District 202. We helped over 33 families this year by providing an array of gifts for every family member and abundant food baskets. And, of course, we couldn’t have done it without the kindhearted people of this community. We can honestly say that each family was overwhelmed with emotional gratitude which left some speechless but just as many thanking us profusely.

Many groups “adopted” families; some took on two or more families. A heartfelt thank you to:

• Lincoln Elementary school teachers and staff,

• Ira Jones and Indian Trail Middle School teachers and staff,

• PHS-CC teachers, staff and student council,

• PSHS Dance Corp,

• District 202 Student Services and Curriculum and Instruction Departments,

• C. W. Avery Family YMCA members and staff,

• Plainfield Auxiliary of the American Legion Marne Post #13,

• Plainfield Junior Woman’s Club,

• Followers of Christ Lutheran Church congregation,

• Plainfield Women of the Moose,

• Friends of PHS-CC, Dreyer Medical Clinic,

• Abri Credit Union,

• The students and parents of Little Dames and Gents Preschool, and

• The Gierich, Stephens, Leonard, Bollinger, Cooper, Hossfeld, Bauer, Weiglos and Jackson families.

Central and Lakewood Falls elementary schools held highly successful food drives which allowed us to provide food baskets augmented by frozen turkeys donated by the community and stored by the Plainfield Moose.

The Plainfield Moose Lodge #2491 invited its members to donate to a toy drive and the Needy Family Drive was the grateful recipient of many of those donations. Four PHSCC teachers -- Darren Kobliska, Matthew Clark, Jonathan Pereiro, and Patrick Hanley -- challenged 20 of their classes to a donation drive. Together they raised $2,500 in cash donations and an additional $11,000 in clothing donations. Additionally, for the 3rd year, Mr. Clark designed and sold “ugly Christmas t-shirts” as a fundraiser and donated all proceeds.

To all the individuals who make it a part of their holiday tradition to send in donations, please know that we could not succeed without your continued support. And, to those individuals who donated wrapping supplies, helped us out with last minute wrapping and pick up of gifts, know there is a special place in heaven for you.

And, finally, we would like to give an enormous hug to our special angels, Audrey Stein and Pauline Herbst, who fill in the gaps anytime and anywhere.

Karen Hamilton, Laura Fahrner and Linda Hanley

2015 PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive Committee