Date Issued: December 13, 2012
For the past several years, the employees of the Village of Westmont have spearheaded an initiative to collect winter coats and donate them to area families in need. This year’s drive was a big success once again.
“This is our way to help out the community,” says Cathy Casey, who is a Westmont resident as well as the Village’s Human Resources Director. “With the cold weather fast approaching, the timing is perfect. We donate all of our collection to the FISH Program, which then passes these items on to people who live in the area and are in need winter coats and more.” Ms. Casey has been coordinating this effort since 1998.
“This year, we decided to extend the drive through the end of January,” says Patti Mielcarski, who is a Westmont resident, as well, and works in the Village Administration Department. “The idea is that maybe some people will get new winter coats or other items over the holidays, so then they might want to donate their replaced items to people who need them.”
As of Dec. 12, over 150 coats and other winter garments have been collected. These items will be delivered to the FISH Program during the week of Dec. 17. The coordinators of the drive want to thank all of the employees and members of the community who participated in this important initiative. Please continue to make winter coat donations to the Village Hall, 31 W. Quincy; the Westmont Police Department, 500 N. Cass; or the Westmont Fire Department, 6015 S. Cass, through the end of January. Also, if you are interested in making a donation or getting involved with the FISH Program, you can find more information at www.dgfish.org or call 630-964-7776.
Contact: Larry McIntyre,
Village of Westmont Media Relations