A collection drive for Operation Care Package led to three area businesses agreeing to serve as year round drop off locations. EmbroidMe in New Lenox, Dave’s Auto in Mokena, and Eclectic Attic in Frankfort will now be accepting donations of toiletry and food items to send to our Troops on a regular basis during normal business hours.
The collection drive ran from mid-October to mid-November, with each business offering its own incentive to those willing to donate. Eclectic Attic offered 10% off any new item in the store, Dave’s Auto saved customers $5 on an oil change, and EmbroidMe raffled off a brand new hooded sweatshirt that the winner could have embroidered with their favorite Lincolnway sports team. Some of the items being collected were batteries, coffee, beef sticks, soup, hand lotion, cookies, foot powder, and lip balm.
An estimated $3000 worthof items were collected and dropped off at Operation Care Package, which sends care packages to all branches of the armed forces throughout the year. The holiday season is especially busy, with over 10,000 care packages planned to be shipped by Christmas. Operation Care Package is currently seeking volunteers at the Will County Farm Bureau Building, located at 100 Manhattan Rd., Joliet, Illinois. Packing times run from 10am to 4pm every day from now until December 8, except for Sunday December 2. You can also sponsor a care package for a $25 donation, and include a personalized letter that will be included in the package.