Warming Hearts & Hands 2011

Many warm hearts and hands went into providing the winter coats for this year’s Make It Better Warming Hearts and Hands program.

Through our caring readers, over 470 new Lands’ End coats were donated to 6 wonderful organizations.

This year’s program added drop-off sites for new gloves, scarves and hats. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the students and staff at St. Catherine Laboure School in Glenview and Precious Child Early Learning Center in Morton Grove. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

These items were delivered to some of the organizations to complement the new coats! A special thank you to the Wilson family of Kenilworth who donated all of their grown daughter’s American Girl collection to some very excited little girls at Lake County Haven, a women and children’s shelter in Lake County providing life saving services.

Jordan Friedman, center director at the Family Network in Highland Park, expressed his thanks on behalf of all the families saying “…a gift that will make a difference during this chilly Chicago winter.” And from one of family member, “Thank you very much for your generosity and for thinking about and considering the needs of others!”

Laura Sabino, executive director, Lake County Haven, sent the following testimonials from the women and children residing currently at the shelter:

“I truly appreciate your concern for us. I feel blessed. “ -P

“Thank you so very much for thinking of others at this time of the year, touching other’s hearts!” –B

And finally the beautiful card received from a family and their six children through Mano a Mano, a Lake County family resource center empowering immigrant and under-served families to become full partners in American Life.

Although the best part of their holidays were receiving the coats, for all of us at Make It Better, it was the gift of giving that made the biggest difference of all!