Turkey dinners were collected on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Jewel, in Crown Point, by Jewel staff members and were donated to families through the Trustee Offices from Center Township and Winfield Township. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 4, 2012 1:34PM
CROWN POINT — Center Township Trustee Eldon Strong was joined by Hanover Township Trustee Mitch Lopez and Winfield Township Trustee Rollie Brauer Jr.’s representative Tom Snowden as they picked up turkey holiday dinners from the Jewel-Osco Food Store in Crown Point.
Strong split up the dinners for Thanksgiving, with 15 going to Winfield Township and 10 going to Hanover Township. The rest of the two truckloads of heat-and-serve dinners were given out in Center Township.
Strong said, “The Jewel-Osco Food Store is working hard again for the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday and helping those in need. The store collected enough money to help area township trustees and provide two truck loads of heat-and-serve turkey holiday dinners that will be given out to local families. With the trustees as they picked up the dinners for the needy in their townships were Laura Miller and Philip Banzer, the leading cashiers at Jewel, who collected the most to provide these dinners to area families. Proudly helping load the birds was Ed Esboldt, the Jewel store manager.
“Manolie Pappas from Main Street Cafe and Zodiac Café & Lounge donated 15 frozen turkeys to my office. With them and several others I received from other donors, I was able to supply more Center Township families with a turkey dinner as well.”
The packaged dinners from Jewel had a value of approximately $50 each. However, each trustee added $5 from his own pocket to have rolls and a pumpkin pie added in to the dinner.
According to Strong, this program is done by Jewel, but, “I never felt it was right for me to always receive the dinners since there are others in other townships with similar difficulties. What I do is share them with the other townships, Winfield, Hanover, West Creek, Cedar Creek and of course Center.”
He said at Christmas he will divide dinners among Center, West Creek and Cedar Creek townships.
Jewel has already begun collecting for Christmas.
“I have sincere gratitude for Jewel and all of the donors that give to the Center Township Trustee Office. Without their compassion to help others, it would be much more difficult to do what it is we do,” said Strong.
St. Mary’s Rosary Society, Crown Point High School, and Tri Kappa have recently conducted additional food and hygiene item drives to help the needy.
These groups along with organizations that have made monetary donations to the Center Township Holiday Relief Fund with other food, paper good and hygiene items.
“The township has donors who wish to remain anonymous who have helped us, help others, for many years. Center Township has some great friends,” Strong said.