The Palatine Jaycees made a difference in 10 Palatine families’ lives on December 8th, treating each one to a $ 500-holiday shopping spree at the Palatine Walmart, located at 1555 North Rand Road.
“The Jaycees worked with several outreach agencies in the community to select the families. Each family received a $500 gift card to be used to purchase any items they needed, such as gifts, clothing, and food,“ said Stephanie Stopka, one of the Jaycees heading the project. Families are chosen based on the recommendations from agencies such as The Bridge Youth & Family Services, Children’s Home & Aid, Palatine Opportunity Center, Palatine Township Senior Center and WINGS.
“This is a wonderful experience for the families and the Jaycees,” said Megan O’Brien, Jaycee project leader. “The Palatine Jaycees are always involved in many community activities and outreach, and this holiday project is something special.” Walmart also handed each family a holiday-themed tin of popcorn as they checked out.
Every year, the Palatine Jaycees conduct numerous programs to serve the Palatine area and raise money to support community grants, scholarships, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, fireworks and entertainment for the Fourth of July Hometown Fest celebration, holiday giving programs and more.