Bolingbrook Park District Gives Back to the Community

Throughout the month of November, Bolingbrook Park District is ramping up its efforts to assist those less fortunate. Between the gymnastics, dance, fitness, special recreation and preschool departments, Bolingbrook Park District will make a major impact this holiday season.

“I am always proud of our staff at Bolingbrook Park District, especially when their focus is giving back to our community. There are people in need in Bolingbrook and our surrounding communities,” said executive director, Ron Oestreich. “It is no surprise that my team cares so much about helping others. We are really good at what we do, but we are at our best when we are making a difference in people’s lives.”

Most recently, Lily Cache Special Recreation Association (LCSRA) had their annual Donation Drive, which collected 142 pounds of hard items, 348 pounds of books and 1,682 of soft items. The total was more than double what they collected in the previous drive. Items donated will help the Epilepsy Foundation, which will receive funds and items will be sold in Savers stores. Donations that cannot be used will be sent to 3rd world countries including Haiti and other countries affected by hurricanes.

The gymnastics program has a food drive currently going on in conjunction with their “Harvest Meet” and collect non-perishable food drives that are then donated to agencies that assist those in need.

LifeStyles Fitness Center hosts a food drive throughout the entire month of November. Members can donate non-perishable food items leading up to their annual “Turkey Burner Workouts,” where they open up their facility and offer free group exercise workouts on Thanksgiving Day.

Bolingbrook Park District Preschool Program is collecting funds to help families with children at Almost Home Kids. Almost Home Kids is an organization whose mission is to provide transitional care in a home-like setting to children with complicated health needs, training for their families and respite care. Many of the families they service are in financial need and are struggling with many aspects of their lives as they try to prepare their homes for the arrival of their medically fragile child's homecoming.

At each preschool site, patrons can look for the purple house banks that will collect monetary donations. We will use the money collected to provide the following gift cards for the 12 families that have children staying on site:

• Gas station cards to be used for travel back and forth to Almost Home Kids to visit their children and doctors’ appointments
• Restaurants or grocery store gift cards to help with holiday meals
• Gift cards to stores like Target or Walmart to purchase supplies needed for their child

DanceForce helps others with their annual Project Thanksgiving, where they team up with DuPage Township to provide full Thanksgiving meals to local families in need. This year, they will be assembling 50 Thanksgiving baskets from donates from staff, parents and community members.