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Letter: Luggage for Freedom thank-you

On Oct. 6, the National Council of Jewish Women-Chicago North Shore Section’s Luggage for Freedom project held their annual Pack and Delivery Day. Volunteers of all ages gathered at West Ridge Center in Highland Park to pack over 150 suitcases filled with sheets, towels, purses and toiletries, as well as 140 children’s backpacks filled with books, stuffed animals, bookmarks, decorated pencils, fleece blankets and other small items made by the children volunteering that day.

In addition, journals decorated by the Kindness Connection and congregants of Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park were included in the children’s backpacks. All the suitcases and items packed were donated by members of the community and the businesses listed below. The suitcases and backpacks were delivered by Luggage for Freedom volunteers to seven shelters and domestic violence programs in Lake and Cook County.

We would like to thank our hard working and dedicated new and returning volunteers. Without our volunteers’ commitment, our program would not be possible. Thank you to everyone who helped us make a difference in our community.

We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to the following businesses for their invaluable support and donations: Extra Space Storage, Inc. in Highland Park, Golan’s Moving & Storage, Inc., West Ridge Center, American Hotel Register Company, Courtyard by Marriott in Chicago/Oakbrook Terrace and in Chicago on East Hubbard, Chicago Oakbrook Hills Marriott Resort, Irv’s Luggage, Kaehler Luggage, Moccio’s Pizza in Highland Park, Ross’s in Highland Park, Jewel-Osco in Deerfield and Highland Park, Advanced Disposal and the Kindness Connection. We are so appreciative of your support!

If you would like to make a monetary donation to Luggage for Freedom, to help us continue our project, please send it to: National Council of Jewish Women/Luggage for Freedom, 1107 Central Ave., Wilmette, IL  60091.  

For information on volunteering or becoming more involved, please contact luggageforfreedom@ncjwcns.org.

Thank you all!

Pam Zlotnik

Highland Park

and Nora Zuckerman

Deerfield

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