The Oak Lawn Park District collected 800 pounds of candy for its 8th Annual Treats for Troops.
The Oak Lawn Park District released a statement thanking everyone that donated and noting that the 800 pounds collected was the largest amount of donations in the eight years. Throughout the month of October and up until Sunday, November 11th, participants of the Ice Arena’s Rising Stars Skating School along with the general public decorated treat bags and donated various candy. All donations have been sent to the Park District’s Veterans Care Package Coordinator, Miss Jacky Connelly, who has been collecting and packaging goodies for distribution to the troops for over 10 years.
Participants of the Ice Arena’s Rising Stars Skating School decorated treat bags and collected Halloween candy to be sent to the troops. The park district then encouraged the public to participate by dropping off bags of candy to the Ice Arena by last Saturday, November 10th.
The 800 pound number is amazing considering last year over 500 pounds of treats were collected.
Prior to the collection, the park district noted that it was a community effort to raise so many donations. “We are forever grateful that our community has responded so generously throughout the years. It is heartwarming to see this multitude of people come together to say thank you!”, says Mary Hensley who is the program manager for the Ice Arena’s Rising Stars Skating School.
Pictured (left to right) is Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena Front Desk Attendant Lori Grayson, Ice & Facility Technician Ryan Leifker, Program Supervisor Mary Hensley, Assistant Manager Shari Wolfe, and Manager Tracey Gallik surrounded by over 800 pounds of candy collected for Treats for Troops. This is the largest donation received for Treats for Troops to date.