Apex CPAs & Consultants in St. Charles raised more than $15,000 through its Luggage of Love campaign.
The effort will assist CASA Kane County, a nonprofit organization based in Geneva that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. The Luggage of Love donations went toward buying items to fill suitcases with personal belongings for children, teens and young adults in the foster care system.
Apex, an accounting, advisory and tax services firm, has been doing the campaign for three years.
“I want to thank my staff, friends and the public who have made this year’s Luggage of Love a tremendous success,” said James Chakires, Apex’s managing partner and founder of Luggage of Love, when the donations were given to Gloria Kelley, executive director of CASA Kane County. “From the bottom of my heart, I can’t tell how much I appreciate everyone’s support. Gloria and her team do such a phenomenal job and come to work every day with such a big heart wanting to serve the community.”
Chakires added that when moved between families children in the foster care system are often forced to carry their belongings in plastic trash bags without any personal incidentals.
Kelley said the donations will be given to children who have been removed from their homes.
“We’re serving 600 children annually, with over 200-plus new children,” she said in a news release. “We implemented a strong initiative in 2011 that says every child who comes into abuse or neglect probate courts will receive a suitcase, duffel bag or baby bag.”