With Giving Tuesday approaching in two days, the Oak Lawn Park District is reminding community members that it will be holding a winter coat drive this year from Monday, December 7th through Saturday, December 19th.
The Park District’s Oak View Center will be a drop off point for people wishing to donate coats between regular business hours on December 7th through December 13th. Patrons who need a winter coat can pick one out at the same location from December 14 through December 19. Any of the coats that are not picked up after December 19th will be donated to South Suburban PADS shelter in Oak Lawn.
Every Thursday evening from October through April, Pilgrim Faith Church provides overnight shelter for homeless persons in the area. Guests are provided with a mattress, clean linens and towels, a warm supper, breakfast and a sack lunch to take with them. Local cosmetologists provide haircuts about once a month and social workers help guests access additional services and help so they can get back on their feet.
Those in need of shelter must first register through the PADS daytime office at 10037 S. Ridgeland (across from Chicago Ridge Mall). The phone number for that office is 708-233-1221. Hours are 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday.
The Pilgram Faith Church shelter is part of an extensive network of shelters and other programs run by South Suburban PADS. The goal is to provide shelter during the cold months and help people from homelessness to self-sufficiency. For more information about shelters and services provides by South Suburban PADS call their main office at 708-754-4357.
According to Givingtuesday.org, “GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
The day was created in New York City by a cultural center and it seeks to connect individuals, organizations and communities with the purpose of celebrating and encouraging giving. Philanthropy News Digest reported that estimated donations on Giving Tuesday totaled $45.7 million in 2014 based on payments through Blackbaud, Donorperfect, Globalgiving, Network for Good and Razoo. That number does not include $7.5 million that Indeiegogo claimed it raised for 419 nonprofits last year.