Community Supports Holiday Giving

When thinking of Santa’s Elves, one might envision a tiny man or woman with pointy ears and colorful clothing and most likely, pointy shoes too. This year the elves that came to FamiliesETC were beautiful young ladies in vests of blue and red with smiles so bright even the big guy in red himself would have been proud!

Special thanks to Katherine Krallitsch and the American Heritage Girls IL0925 for coming to help wrap the 415 Christmas gifts that were donated by the Toys for Tots program. This is the second year that the American Heritage Girls troop came to lend a helping hand and gift wrap presents for our program families here at FamiliesETC. The room looked like what anyone would picture Santa’s workshop to look like. Paper was flying everywhere and little hands were taping, tying, and stacking gifts into bags getting them ready for holiday delivery. It was wonderful and we are all extremely grateful for their gift of time and talents. It is true what they say….many hands do make light work!

With hundreds of gift donations from Toys for Tots, local businesses and families supporting the adopt-a-family program, and holiday dinner boxes from the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, all of our program families should have all the pieces that make up that memorable holiday to reflect on for years to come.

Enjoy these pictures from the event below:

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Raffle Winners Announced

Thank you to all the people who bought raffle tickets and congratulations to the winners of tonight’s raffle drawing. Tickets were drawn at 6pm at our Open House Holiday event here at FamiliesETC.

We are excited to share the results of that drawing! Celeste Duhame (3rd prize), Rob Allare (2nd prize), and the Grand Prize winner goes to Jim Forrester.