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Collection sites added for project

SANDWICH — Three new facilities have been added to locations where nonperishable groceries can be donated for the Franklin Mall Christmas Project. The sharing project, that’s administered by the Sandwich Lions Club, was started by the late Frankie and Peg Mall in the early 1950s. 

New sites for nonperishable items to be dropped are the YMCA, 707 S. Main St.; Ultimate Fitness, 132 Indian Springs Drive; and National Bank and Trust, 321 E. Church St.

Labeled, decorated collection boxes have been placed at: Indian Valley Vocational Center, St. Paul’s Parish Center, Salem Lutheran Church, Sandwich Federated Church, Ironwood, Willowcrest, Valley West Community Hospital, Plano Molding, The Picket Fence, Duy’s Shoes, Centrue Bank, Fox Valley Older Adult Services, lower and upper level of the Sandwich District Library, Sandwich Manor, Heartland Bank (formerly Citizen’s First National Bank), United Church of Sandwich, Walgreens, Arrowhead Medical Center and both For Kids Only facilities.

Contributions of nonperishable groceries, household paper goods (such as facial tissues) and personal care items (such as shampoo and hand soap) are appreciated.

The contributions will be gathered by Sandwich Lions Club members and taken to the Sandwich Fire Station where they will be sorted and packed into boxes on Thursday, Dec. 13, and delivered to homes early Saturday, Dec. 15. Each of the boxes also will contain an Art’s Food Market gift card that can be used to buy fresh food for holiday dinners.

Last year 250 boxes of groceries were delivered to families and singles in need by volunteers, more than any previous year.

For more information, call Sandwich Lions Club grocery chairman Mickey Farley at 815-786-8086 or grocery advisor Ron Wallis at 815-786-8095.

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