Griffith, Grant & Lackie broker Marie Colette is once again organizing a Halloween Costume Drive. She is collecting new or gently used, clean costumes to kids who need them. The receiving organizations include Reading Power, A Safe Place, Roberti Community Center — and just about any other group that requests costumes, said Marie: “We try to fulfill every request we get.”
To do that, she needs help. If you can donate, please drop off the costumes at GGL’s new office, 678 N. Western Avenue in Lake Forest between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and before 11 a.m. on Monday. If you’d like to drop off after hours, call 847-826-9317.
To learn more about this effort, read the letter Marie wrote to her friends and family:
Dear Friends and Family,
It’s my favorite time of year again! This will be the fourth year of the Halloween Costume Drive. I hope that this will be our biggest one yet. Last year with an amazing amount of help and a very generous community, we collected, packaged and distributed 281 costumes! Those of you who participated in this great endeavor know how much it means to the children who receive the costumes. It truly warms your heart to see the joy on the faces when they receive a costume.
I am trying to make the dates a bit earlier for everyone in hopes that the week before Halloween is not quite so hectic. I say that every time, and every time it is very hectic! Last year, as in other years, we had help sorting and bagging from some amazing young people from Lake Forest High School’s volunteer program (thank you Kathy O’Hara!), along with my daughter Jenn, and so many friends and my great colleagues at Griffith, Grant & Lackie in Lake Bluff. I could not have done it without them! This year I will have the pleasure of having both my daughters, Jenn and Ashley, helping along with the LFHS student volunteers!
To those of you who were not on the mailing list last year, allow me tell you a little about the project!
As most of you know, Halloween is my second favorite holiday of the year. When I lived on Rockland Avenue in Lake Bluff we would get very few local children Trick or Treating – they went east to the park and beyond. We did however, get quite a large number of children from the North Chicago/Waukegan area. Most of the time they were under the watchful eye of Mom or Dad or an older caregiver. The children were always happy, smiling and polite, and very appreciative of their treats as they ran excitedly from house to house. Sadly, most of these children were not wearing costumes, yet they were having a wonderful time just getting candy. Do you remember your children’s Halloween – the parties, costumes and fun? Did Halloween preparations start in September? Do you have photos of each and every adorable moment? I do, and I know MANY of you feel the same way.Taking time and making preparations for a big day are the things that evoke great childhood memories, and I’d like to pass these good feelings along to the children and families that may not otherwise be able to participate in the full Halloween traditions. Together we can make Halloween as memorable for these children as it was for mine and yours. You can help by donating costumes and Halloween items to pass on to these children.
I cannot do this alone and would appreciate all the help I can get. I can only accept donations of NEW or GENTLY used clean costumes. If you no longer have costumes at home and would still like to help we will gladly accept a donation and will go purchase a new costume for you.
All costumes can be dropped off at the Griffith Grant & Lackie offices in Lake Bluff (8 E. Scranton Ave.) or in Lake Forest (678 N. Western Ave until Oct 1, then to 280 E. Deerpath!). All donations must be made by October 24th so that we can sort and distribute to the children in time for Halloween.
I thank you in advance for your generosity. I hope that we can make this event grow by leaps and bounds year after year. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.
If you would like to help with the project by having a collection box at your location or volunteering your time for bagging, distributing or collecting, or if you know of an organization that is in need of costumes to distribute, please feel free to contact me. Also please feel free to pass this letter on to your family and friends. The more contributions we can obtain, the more children we can serve.
Marie Colette | ABR, SRES, Broker Associate
Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors®
8 E. Scranton Ave | Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
847-234-0816 office | 847-826-9317 cell | email@example.com