The Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its fourth annual Summer Pack.
Forty percent of families in the school district receive free or reduced cost lunches/breakfasts. When school is out for the summer, families often struggle without the resources of the school.
The summer packs are designed to help lessen the burden of summer with basic necessities, including laundry detergent, paper products, breakfast items, snack items, free haircuts, summer toys and more.
Businesses and individuals raised funds and collected items to help those Sandwich school district students and families during the summer months. This year, 45 families were visited by Chamber members carrying bags of goodies for 111 children.
“We would like to thank all of those who volunteered to collect, sort, count, set up, pack and deliver,” said a news release from the Chamber. “We could not have done it without your help! A special thank you to Denise Curran for being our liaison between the school and to Kelly Gibbs, Studio 30-Six, for designing the Summer Pack Brochure/Calendar delivered to all Sandwich students.”
Local businesses, organizations and individuals that made donations to the Summer Pack include: Waters Dental, Inland Real Estate/Rich Artman, Dr. Weinhold, Haskin Parent Group, Tri-County Kiwanis, Wright State Farm/Janette Wright, Prairie View PPA, Woodbury PPA, Sandwich Boys Baseball, Sandwich Police Department, Midland State Bank, Dojo Dynamics, Woodbury PPA, Heartland Bank & Trust, 1st National Bank, Just In Time, First Impressions by Lerohl & Landers, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy, Fox Valley YMCA – Sandwich Branch, Guiding Light Hospice, Speed Wrench, Skillin’s Auto Body, Mary Kay – Stacy Skillin, Paparazzi Jewelry – Ashley Grencir, 31 Gifts – Lindsey Hamer, Wasson Family Subway, Casey’s, Eclipse Salon, Sport’s Cut, Vitality Salon, Blown Away Salon, Jessie Adams, Emeri Smoot, Beckie Frieders, Patty Steffens, Melva Sebby, Nicole and Jeff Kenyon, Kendall Harris, Kelly Brinegar, Melynda Poirier, Michele Pfaff, Kristen Rosenwinkel, Denise Curran and Mary Whitmer.