Two dozen Grundy families were given care packages by Heroes & Helpers volunteers this weekend. The families received diapers, wipes, and formula for their young children. GCHH said they were able to provide these essential items due to a COVID-19 grant received from the Community Foundation of Grundy County.
“Families were able to select which brand was best for their child, we felt this was really important due to children’s needs, allergies, preferences, etc.,” stated Timberlie Jahn, GCHH secretary. “Having been working with families in the community since COVID-19 began having a negative impact, I kept hearing concerns and needs for access to diapers, but also regarding transportation to get them. We were so grateful for this grant that gave us the ability to do the shopping and delivery for families.”
On Saturday, July 25th Heroes & Helpers also hosted their Christmas in July Toy Drive in effort to begin to collect toys for their upcoming annual Christmas Shop with a Hero, where children in need are selected to shop with a local law enforcement officer, EMS, or firefighter.
The toy drive was a drive thru adventure created to meet social distancing protocol. Families were greeted at First Christian Church and then directed to Lolliland, a decorated forest where children were able to hunt for candy. Children were also able to greet Santa and deliver their Christmas wish list letters.