Holidays are a good time to volunteer

Dare I say it? Halloween, the election and Veterans Day are behind us. The holidays are fast approaching.

I’m certainly not ready, but I’m starting to maybe think about considering getting into the holiday spirit. It’s a stretch.

It is a good time to remember that a lot of volunteer opportunities exist, not only during the holiday season, all year long.

For starters, the Franklin Mall Project is under way again under the watchful eye of the Sandwich Lions Club. The Marine Corps will collect Toys for Tots and there are the ever-present bell ringers with red kettles for the Salvation Army.

As we learn of volunteer opportunities. and places and ways to donate, we will let you know.

Until Nov. 21, Kendall Hill Nursery again is offering an easy way to donate to the Kendall County Food Pantry. Homeowners are asked to write a check to the food pantry for what they can give and get a tree in return. The nursery also requests a $5 fee to help pay for preparation of the tree for transport.

More details can be found in What’s Happening on page 4 or call the nursery at 815-695-9907.

With few details to report and on deadline for this issue, we learned of an easy way to give to the Sandwich schools with the help of Gjovik Ford. Scott Gjovik, president of Gjovik Ford-Mercury, called about an event at Sandwich High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. It’s called “Drive 4 Yur School.”

At that event, Gjovik Ford will have a number of new Ford vehicles available for test drives. Each test drive earns money for the high school band, sports boosters and the Sandwich Education Foundation, up to $7,500.

For every test drive, Scott said the dealership and Ford Motor Company will donate $25, and complimentary refreshments will be available.

Of course, they hope to sell some cars as the end result of the test drives, but Scott said no purchase is required.

What a great idea. It’s a good opportunity to test drive a new vehicle. Even if you’re not in the market for a new car, take a little drive. Sandwich students will benefit.

It’s a pretty sweet deal, all the way around.

Are any area churches, community organizations or restaurants offering meals for Thanksgiving? We will be glad to print a list, and our sister paper, The Daily Chronicle, already is compiling a list of dinners in DeKalb County. Contact us with that information via email at

We appreciate the opportunity to help you get the word out about upcoming events. Just remember, our deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday for the following Tuesday’s paper.

Enjoy this week’s Valley Free Press.

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