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Sandwich looking for more donations to feed needy families at Christmas

Brownie Kaitlyn Jobes sings Christmas carols with other members  Troop 1430 Friday Oswego.
Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

Brownie Kaitlyn Jobes sings Christmas carols with other members of Troop 1430 Friday in Oswego. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:20AM

SANDWICH — A lot more groceries are needed to fill boxes to be delivered to deserving families by the Sandwich Lions Club in their annual Christmas project.

The boxes will be packed Dec. 13 and delivered Dec. 15, and the club is issuing a plea for more donations.

The Sandwich Lions Club administers the Franklin Mall Christmas Project that was started by the late Frankie “Red” Mall and his wife, Peg, in 1954.

Almost 70 years later, the effort has grown. Last year, 250 boxes of non-perishable groceries were delivered to individuals and families living within the Sandwich School District. Each of the boxes also contained a gift card to use for food at Art’s Super Market in Sandwich.

The club is hoping the whole community will continue to be as generous as in previous years, both by giving non-perishable food and by supporting the program financially.

Even paper products and personal-care items can be donated. Facial tissues, shampoos, and bath soap can mean a lot to those who are having to stretch their dollars during the holidays and year-round.

Boxes for contributions of non-perishable articles are located in many locations throughout the community.

Heartland Bank (formerly Citizens Bank), on the northwest corner of Gletty and County Line roads, has been added to the locations where items can be put into a decorated box.

Other locations for donor boxes are: Walgreen’s Drug Store, both sites of For Kids Only, Arrowhead Medical Center, United Church of Sandwich, Castle Bank, The Sandwich Manor, both levels of the Sandwich District Library, Fox Valley Older Adult Services, Centrue Bank, Duy’s Shoes, The Picket Fence, Plano Molding Co., Valley West Community Hospital, Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion, Sandwich Rehabilitation Center, Ironwood Estate, Sandwich Federated Church, Salem Lutheran Church, and St. Paul’s Parish Center.

Financial contributions can be mailed or taken to Deb Hanson at Castle Bank of Sandwich, 100 W. Church St., Sandwich, IL 60548. Checks should be made out to “Franklin Mall Christmas Project.”

For more information, contact grocery chairman Michele “Mickey” Farley at 815-786-8086; Sandwich Lions Club President Bob Jones at 815-719-0079; or advisor Ron Wallis at 815-786-8095.

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