▪ Grantfork Elementary students adopted a family to help for Christmas. They got seven boxes and bags of items to help a single mom and three small children to have a merry Christmas. Students at Highland Elementary also adopted a family.
▪ Members of the Highland American Legion and the Auxiliary prepared Christmas packages for 12 local residents who are currently serving on military active duty. This is the first package in an ongoing program to reach out to these patriots to say, “Thank you,” for their service and to ensure them that they are not forgotten by their fellow Highlanders. Angela Kim of the Auxiliary is leading this program, to honor her son, Logan Wolf, who is a recently returned Afghanistan veteran.
The Legion would like to thank the Highland Rotary Club and Excel Bottling of Breese for their donations to this program.
If you have a family member currently on active duty, contact the Legion at 654-4062 to ensure that they are included in this program.
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▪ The Highland Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to St. Joseph’s Hospital in coordination with their “Building for Tomorrow” capital campaign. The campaign supported the building of a replacement hospital and raised a total of $4.2 million. The new St. Joseph’s Hospital opened in August 2013.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to have the support of civic organizations like the Lions Club,” said Amy Liefer, director of the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation. “We appreciate their support, which allows us to continue to grow and offer the best care to patients.”
The donation reinforces the Lions Club belief that having a hospital that provides quality care close to home is a necessity that the community can’t do without.
“St. Joseph’s Hospital provides necessary medical care that this community needs,” said Gene Redman, president of the Highland Lions Club. “Our club continues to make donations to their foundation because we believe that we need to support them and help them grow.”
▪ Members of the Salty Dawgs Motorcycle Club presented a check for $8,150 to Special Olympics Illinois. The Salty Dawgs Motorcycle Club was organized 40 years ago, and Special Olympics Illinois is their chosen charity. They not only raise money, but they volunteer in local communities at Special Olympics events. As a main fundraiser, Salty Dawgs host an annual dinner dance in Edwardsville. This generous donation will directly benefit the athletes in the Southwestern Illinois Area 12 Special Olympics programs.
▪ The end of the 2015 calendar year has been a busy time for the lawyers in Madison County who donate time for free legal appointments to the low-income residents and for those who provide training to these lawyers. The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee believes that this season of thanks and celebration is the perfect time to recognize those who donated time in the months of October, November and December to educate others about the legal system.
“Our lawyers gave two days of free legal appointments to Veterans in November and also scheduled appointments for people in need of legal information and education. The volunteer attorneys are an asset to this community,” noted Judge Barb Crowder, chair of the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.
Attorneys from Madison County continue to provide free appointments in the Legal Advice Center in the Madison County courthouse. Twenty-seven attorneys met with low-income individuals during the months of October, November and thru mid-December to answer their legal questions free of charge.
Volunteers were: Will Asa, Erin Beavers, Rob Bas, Beth Bauer, Brenda Baum, Michele Berkel, Amanda Bradley, Carol Cagle, George Filcoff, Jr., Mary Albert Fritz, Christopher Hunter, Christine Kovach, Justin Mattea, Amy Meyer, Bryant Michael, Ian Murphy, Terry O’Leary, Erin Reilly, Jennifer Shaw, Kathy Smith, Frederick Steiger, Christopher Threlkeld, Suzanne Vogel, Michael Wesley, Joe Whyte, Mary Beth Williams, and Audra Zobrist.