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Area nonprofits team up to distribute donations to residents

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:45 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:43 a.m. CST
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Russ Piggott, volunteer for the Blessing Barn, of Crystal Lake loads boxes of children’s clothing into his car Friday at a temporary storage facility in Cary. Habitat ReStore in Woodstock received a large donation from Pacific Electronics and since it doesn’t sell clothing it elected to donate the items to various charities that deal with children.
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Sarah Schrempf, program coordinator at Families ETC, of Crystal Lake picks up some stuffed animals and children's clothing Friday at a temporary storage facility in Cary.

CARY – Hundreds of McHenry County families are expected to benefit from one company’s large donation of clothes and a network of area charities who are ready distribute the supplies to residents in need.

After receiving roughly 20 pallets of baby clothes, hats, toys and other items from Pacific Electronics in Woodstock, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore partnered with seven other area nonprofits to divvy out the supplies.

The Blessing Barn, 1st Way Pregnancy Support Services, FamiliesETC, Informed Choices, Community Care Center in Grayslake, Teenage Mothers’ Initiative, and St. Paul Diaper Bank came to Habitat’s storage facility in Cary on Friday to load up on supplies that the ReStore wouldn’t be able to sell.

“We saw there was some stuff we couldn’t sell at our store, but it was all brand-new stuff that we obviously didn’t want to throw away,” said Jerry Monica, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County. “So we’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with some of the other charities in the area.”

Pacific Electronics provided Habitat with a large donation of household supplies that the store can sell, but he said there were an additional 20 pallets, each containing 30 boxes filled with brand-new onesies and other baby items that other charities could benefit from.

“It would have been a tragedy to not be able to give this stuff away,” he said. “I’m just thrilled that this is going out into the community.”

“We are going to flood McHenry County with onesies,” said Jacqueline Piggott, executive director of the Blessing Barn in Crystal Lake. “I honestly in nine years have not seen [a donation] like this.”

Piggott estimates there are more than 5,000 onesies in the donation from Pacific Electronics.

“For mothers, onesies are a big deal,” she said. “You need them in the winter and in the summer.”

Piggott was largely responsible for organizing the network of other nonprofits to come pick up supplies. The group has worked closely together in the past, donating goods to one another when a store receives items it can’t use.

“It’s a good network,” said Tracy Johanson, who works for Informed Choices, formerly Tri-County Pregnancy and Parenting Services. “I send people over to the Blessing Barn. [Piggott] sends them over to me … It’s great. For McHenry County, we’re making bridges.”

Linda Roscoe, a volunteer with Community Care Center in Grayslake, said her organization doesn’t get much children’s clothing. The sizable donation, and the partnership with area nonprofits, has been invaluable to the Community Care Center, she said.

“It’s critical that we work together,” she said. “The more we share with each other, that’s more we can spread around. Everybody’s going to help each other for the better.”

Where to find them:

Blessing Barn: 8310 Railroad St. in Crystal Lake Informed Choices: 601-1 Crystal Point Drive in Crystal Lake 1st Way Pregnancy Support Services: 2020 Johnsburg Road in Johnsburg FamiliesETC: 620 Dakota St. #120 in Crystal Lake Community Care Center: 25270 W. Highway 60 in Grayslake St. Paul Diaper Bank: 3706 W. St. Paul Ave. in McHenry

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