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 …
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 …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Festival brings in more than 3,800 items for Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry.
No one could say the Niles Fire Department doesn't know how to respond. This time it was to donate food for needy families serviced by the Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry. After several weeks of friendly competition, the Niles Fire Department was declared the winner on Dec. 4 of the 'Then & Now' Festival of Trees held at Golf Mill Shopping Center. Starting with a visit from Santa at a lighting ceremony, visitors to the Center could vote for their favorite decorated trees from 10 non-profit organizations on display. Voting was counted for each item donated to the Food Pantry. The Fire Department amassed 1,295 items. The Niles Police Department was a very close second followed by St. Matthew's Church and School. "In all, nearly 3,900 …
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 …