November 2017: Thanksgiving


This month we celebrate and give thanks for the many privileges we enjoy in this nation. As always, we seek to put our thankfulness into action by bringing hope and dignity to those in need.

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November 2016 Impacts

This Thanksgiving the Foundation was proud to work with the employees of First Trust to create and donate over 71 dinner baskets containing the ingredients to make a variety of Thanksgiving dishes including mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberry relish. In addition, each basket also contained a gift card for use in purchasing a turkey and other perishable items. The following organizations were the recipients of the baskets this year:

  • Tri-City Family Services provides quality, affordable counseling, youth crisis intervention, prevention and early intervention services that promote sound mental health and effective family functioning
  • Senior Home Sharing offers seniors with limited incomes a residential housing option resembling homes they have lived in for decades.
  • Jubilee Village is a transitional and independent, supportive housing program for single, formerly homeless mothers, serving women between the ages of 18 and 24 and their children. 
  • Wayne Township provides help for those in need, including financial and medical assistance, food pantry, clothes closet, and more to residents in Bartlett, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Wayne, West Chicago and St. Charles.
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes provides food and clothing, and promotes dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need in the Austin area. MLF also received $4000 towards their Thanksgiving dinner preparations and home blessing celebrations at the Village.
  • Saint Louise House provides deeply affordable and supportive housing for low income homeless women and their children with the goal of helping families develop long-term stability
  • The Foundation also donated 65 turkeys to Milton Township which serves the cities of Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, plus portions of Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Glendale Heights, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, and Winfield, representing a population of over 118,000.
  • To assist in providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need, the Foundation donated 82 $25 gift cards to DuPage Pads, the largest provider of interim and permanent housing, coupled with support services in order to help individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient.

Extra Difference:

  • The Foundation was proud to support Catholic Charities Junior Board Gala with a donation of $500. Catholic Charities fulfills their mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.


  • Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center’s GoBabyGo program was a recipient of a $500 donation from the Foundation. GoBabyGo is a program started by researcher Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware that modifies battery-powered toy cars for children with disabilities to teach them about their own independent mobility and improve their social development.