Each December, families who are on the free and reduced lunch program in Barrington School District 220 are invited to a Giving Day where they receive boxes of food, warm coats, blankets, books and gifts, according to the Barrington Giving Day website.
Businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations in Barrington provide support through donations to make the Giving Day possible. In 2012, the Barrington Giving Day served 1,017 families, including 3,000 children and senior citizens.
As the need is greater each year, schools have been busy collecting used clothing throughout the year; businesses have donated a variety of items, including toys, books and coats; and organizations and businesses have been holding fund-raising events to collect donations, according to the Giving Day Facebook page.
There are several ways to donate to or volunteer for this organization during the holidays season:
- You can provide a monetary donation online (by clicking here) or by sending checks payable to Barrington Giving Day
c/o John Paul Hills
Barrington Bank & Trust
201 S. Hough Street
Barrington, IL 60010
- You can donate warm coats, books, boots, snow pants and toys. Because of space limitations only new or gently used warm coats, snow pants, gloves, mittens, hats, books, toys, and blankets will be collected. No other clothing or furniture will be accepted. SEE BELOW FOR DONATION LOCATIONS.
- You can donate new or like-new toys and gifts are always in short supply. Barrington Giving Day wants to have one gift for each child in the family. Special gifts needed include all kinds of sports items (balls, bats, hockey sticks, etc.), watches, earrings and items for older children. Please do not wrap items. SEE DONATION LOCATIONS BELOW.
- You can volunteer to help sort coats. Sorting of coats will be at The Christian Science Church, 421 E Main St, Barrington. Dates and times for sorting are Nov. 20 through Dec. 12, 9 a.m. until noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursdays.
From Nov. 12th through Dec. 11th, warm coats, hats, gloves, books, toys, diapers and wipes will be collected at Barrington Churches and all Barrington schools.
Boxes will also be at the following businesses to receive your donations: The Ice House Mall; Rick’s Pet Shop; Barrington Bank & Trust, Hough Street and Northwest Highway, Cuba; Barrington and Tower Lakes Township Offices; Coldwell Banker (530 Hough Street, Suite 180); Baird & Warner the Foundry; all Harris Bank Barrington locations; Mia Sorella; all Barrington Starbucks locations, and the Public Safety Building on Northwest Highway.