Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Give Back This Holiday Season in Chicago's North Shore!

The holiday season in Chicago's North Shore is filled with beautifully decorated North Shore homes, endless events, concerts, and of course, shopping! And, while we all enjoy the festivities that Christmas brings; we all know there is so much more to the meaning and spirit of the holidays.

Giving back is a great part of this joyous season and there are many ways to do so! The North Shore has many opportunities throughout the year to volunteer and give back to its' communities of Winnetka, Deerfield, Glencoe, Northbrook and Highland Park. Each city understands the importance of helping out those in need within the community, especially during the holiday season! I've compiled five various ways of giving back in hopes of spurring on some ideas for how you can get involved and spread Christmas cheer this season!

1. Donate- Now is a great time to go through your closets and donate any clothes or shoes that you no longer need. Toys that have been outgrown, books and games can also be donated to various organizations around the North Shore communities and provide those in need with things they need and can use for gifts this season.

2. Volunteer- Many organizations in the North Shore are looking for additional help over the holiday season! Soup kitchens, retirement homes, homeless shelters and many others oftentimes host holiday parties or round up food, clothing and toys for those who are without this holiday season. Gather a few friends or family members to join you!

3. The Gift of Giving- Instead of buying another gift for a family member that they don't need; consider donating a gift on their behalf. Letting them know that one of their gifts went to someone with no Christmas gifts can be a very fulfilling gift!

4. Go Green- Give back to the North Shore environment by cutting back on the energy and resources you use this holiday season. Choose LED Christmas lights, wrap presents in recycled brown paper bags tied with festive string, turn down your thermostat and use your fireplace for added warmth and a cozy environement.

5. Feed the Hungry- The next time you go grocery shopping, stock up on canned goods and other non-perishable items that can be donated to a food pantry or homeless shelter. Gather with friends and family and put together Christmas food baskets that include cookies, hot chocolate, and other festive foods then donate to families you know who are in need or to a local shelter.

Ready to give back? There's a great opportunity taking place this weekend in the North Shore community of Deerfield!

This Saturday, December 18 from 10am to 2pm is the Deerfield Food Pantry and Toys for Tots Drive Through Drop-Off Day! Any new, unwrapped toys, canned food, personal care items and cleaning supplies can be dropped off at the parking lot at NWC Rosemary Terrace and Deerfield Road.

The toys will be given to children in need and the food and other items will be given to families, seniors and children in the Deerfield community who are without these items this holiday season. This events is sponsored by the West Deerfield Township, Deerfield Police Department, Marines - Toys for Tots, Deerfield Shopper's Court, Deerfield Bank & Trust, Italian Kitchen and Mutual Ace Hardware of Highland Park.

There are many other ways to get involved and give back to your North Shore community this festive season! One of the great things about living in Chicago’s North Shore is the heartfelt community spirit that each city provides. If you have been considering a move to any of the North Shore communities; please let me know! I’d be happy to show you around the available North Shore homes and answer any questions you may have about the North Shore Real Estate Market! I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress

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