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Toys, books sought in Sugar Grove holiday drive

SUGAR GROVE – Rachel Muckerheide hopes community members shopping for holiday gifts will buy an extra toy or book to help a child in need.

For the second consecutive year, the Sugar Grove resident has organized a holiday book and toy drive, this time benefiting Between Friends Food Pantry of Sugar Grove.

“I’m excited it’s local this year,” Muckerheide said. “There’s a lot of hurting families.”

Muckerheide started the book and toy drive last year as something nice she could do with her husband and kids, ages 13, 11 and 6, she said. She described it as very successful, with 100 new toys and books donated to Mutual Ground in Aurora.

Collection begins Nov. 29 and will go through Dec. 7. Any new, unwrapped toys or books appropriate for children 18 and younger will be accepted.

Muckerheide recruited six friends to host drop-off locations:

• 1731 Hannaford Drive in Hannaford Farm

• 121 Sutton Ave. in Windsor West

• 865 Boyce Road in Walnut Woods

• 248 Belle Vue Lane in Windsor Point

• 923 Spruce St. in The Lakes of Bliss Woods

• 725 Evergreen Lane in Black Walnut

If a collection box is not out, Muckerheide said, donations should be placed by the door.

She plans on delivering the items to the food pantry Dec. 9.

“I appreciate all of her effort,” food pantry director and Kane County Board member Melisa Taylor said of Muckerheide.

Taylor said it is wonderful that residents are so giving at the holidays, even when they’re preparing for their own family celebrations. She noted the participating adults are setting good examples for their children.

“These children are seeing examples by action,” she said.

Between Friends will work with another group to distribute the items among the Kaneland School District 302 community, Taylor said.

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