Preschool Taking Donations for Almost Home Kids

Throughout Week of the Young Child next week, Bolingbrook Park District will be proudly supporting Almost Home Kids, which provides transitional care in a home-like setting to children with complicated health needs, training for their families and respite care. The preschool staff at Bolingbrook Park District will be collecting and donating supplies that they need.

This program has helped thousands of families with transitioning their children's health care from a hospital setting to their home. They receive training from doctors and nurses on how to care for their often terminally ill child.  

Boxes will be setup at the Annerino Community Center, Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex and Hidden Oaks Nature Center for those that would like to donate.  Donations can include supplies that Almost Home Kids needs or monetary donations are accepted.  Items include:

  • Receiving blankets
  • Rubbermaid plastic Mixer-Mate bottles 2 qt size (to hold formula)
  • Bubbles (smaller size bottles, not gallon jugs)
  • Books with sensory exploration (sound, music, texture etc.)
  • WubbaNub plush infant pacifier toy
  • Diapers - size 1, 2, 5 and 6
  • Gift cards in any amount to Target, Walmart, Jewel or Home Depot
  • Paper towels

During all of the Week of the Young Child events next week, these boxes or "houses on wheels" will be available for any patrons that wish to donate.  The preschool team has developed a goal to raise $1,000 for a pediatric blood pressure monitor system to donate to Almost Home Kids.  Each preschool site will have a graphic thermometer that shows how much money has been collected.  This opportunity will continue through Friday, April 29th.

Upon completion, the preschool staff will deliver the donations and present Almost Home Kids with a check.  On top of that, the staff will spend a full-day preparing their playground for the children to use by pulling weeds, planting flowers, etc. 

For questions on how you can donate, please contact Kathy Hassert at (630) 783-6638.  For more information about Almost Home Kids, please visit their website at www.almosthomekids.net.

Week of the Young Child begins Sunday, April 24 with the Tons of Trucks and Kid's Vendor Fair event held at the Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.  Events run every day throughout the week and a full schedule can be found online at www.bolingbrookparks.org.