As the holiday season approaches, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) is once again partnering with other Illinois legislators to help provide Thanksgiving and Holiday turkeys for hungry families through the Fraternite Notre Dame Religious Order. Fraternite Notre Dame operates religious and humanitarian missions on four continents, and operates in this area from a church on Central Avenue in Chicago.
According to Wheeler, last year the mission served thousands of holiday meals and passed out over 500 turkeys. “Fraternite Notre Dame engages in charitable work which includes service at soup kitchens, hospitals, schools and orphanages, and they also provide aid to needy families,” said Wheeler. “The work they do on behalf of those facing hard times is very meaningful and donations toward the holiday turkey project are greatly appreciated.”
Those interested in providing assistance may do so either by sending a donation or by volunteering to distribute meals and meal packages before Thanksgiving. “Most of us are incredibly fortunate, in that we never have to go without a meal,” Wheeler said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to share their good fortune with those who know too well what it feels like to be hungry. Legislative leaders from both political parties have already made generous donations to this program, and I would urge others to help make the upcoming holidays special for struggling families right here in Illinois.”
Donation checks made out to Fraternite Notre Dame should be mailed to the church at 502 North Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60644. Please write “Thanksgiving Turkeys” on the memo line. People who are interested in helping distribute food should contact Wheeler’s office at (815) 900-6759.