Friday, December 21, 2012
It's a fierce competition each year to see which local agency can collect the most food items in Golf Mill's "Festival of Trees" food drive.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
One year, the Niles Fire Department won. Another, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church took home the honors. This year, the Niles Police Department got the glory of winning Golf Mill Shopping Center's "Festival of Trees" food drive by collecting the greatest number of donations to the holiday food drive--4,423. "I am very excited that we won the contest and want to thank all of those that supported the Police Department," said Niles Police Chief Dean Strzelecki. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook "However I am overjoyed with the response to the food drive and very happy for the people in need during this season. I would encourage all that participated during this time of giving to try and think of those in need all year long by …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
As cans are given to food pantry, St. Matthew's board president says it's the community that really wins.
It's tough to beat the Niles Fire Department in Golf Mill Shopping Center's Festival of Trees competition. And if anybody can, it would likely be the Niles Police Department. But St. Matthew's Evangelican Lutheran Church's strategy of asking people to bring in the boxes, bags and cans apparently worked. The church collected 946 food items for the Niles Township Food Pantry, and won first place in the friendly competition among the Niles institutions that put up holiday trees at Golf Mill's Festival of Trees this month. Mall-goers were asked to vote for their favorite tree by bringing in a non-perishable donation for the food pantry. Each item counted as one vote. Earlier: Festival of Trees opens, Santa arrives "This is wonderful," said …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Community organizations each decorated a tree; to vote for your favorite, bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry.
Ten decorated Christmas trees are standing in the south lobby of Golf Mill Shopping Center, and the mall is asking shoppers to vote for their favorite. Will it be the Edward Jones tree decorated with Chicagoland memorabilia? The Gordon Food Service tree, with plush toy versions of its delivery trucks? The MaineStay Youth and Family Services cultural diversity tree? Or the Niles Library tree, with characters, the Niles Police Department tree with stars, the Chicago Pet Rescue tree with animals, or one from St. John Brebeuf, St. Matthew or St. Juliana Church? Earlier: Last year's trees Vote for your favorite by bringing a non-perishable food item to the mall's customer service office, which is right next to the trees. The Niles Fire …
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Local establishments decorate trees to help feed the hungry.
The JC Penney court got a bit brighter Saturday morning when Golf Mill Shopping Center kicked off its Festival of Trees food drive. The event corresponded with the mall's welcoming of the holiday season, which included the arrival of Santa Claus into Winter Wonderland in the mall's center court and carolers from Des Plaines Willows Academy. The Chicago Pet Rescue, Home Depot, Maine Township Mainestreamers, Niles Chamber of Commerce, Niles Fire Department, Niles Police Department, Niles Public Library, Niles Senior Center, St. Juliana School in Edison Park and St. Matthews Church in Niles have all decorated a tree to fit the mall's 50th anniversary theme of "Then and Now." "It is heartwarming to see how these businesses put their creative …