The Batavia United Way was able to help 145 families, including more than 275 kids, during the 2021 holiday Adopt-a-Family program.
According to a news release, more than 80 sponsors made the program possible. Sponsors included businesses, families, individuals, clubs and scouts from Batavia and all over the western suburbs. The sponsors donated thousands of dollars in monetary contributions and other items.
The Batavia Women in Business and Batavia Youth Baseball held very successful cash and gift card drives within their organizations to provide families with groceries, restaurant meals and other necessities. Batavia Lions Club held their annual Underwear Party and raised over $1,700 while also collecting multiple bins of socks and underwear. Hearth and Hammer also held a successful pajama drive to collect sleepwear for the kids, the release stated.
Batavia Women’s Club coordinated stockings for each of the kids, while Chip IN provided bags of fresh produce and bread to each family. The community rallied to provide every family with a bag of non-perishables such as toilet paper, laundry detergent and more, the release stated.
Bethany Lutheran Church stepped up to serve as a drop off spot for grocery bags, and Batavia Public School District 101 worked with the United Way to identify families in need who participated in the program.
Source: The Daily Chronicle