GENEVA – State representative candidate Martha Paschke is co-sponsoring a winter clothing drive with State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Holy Trinity Church, 357 Division St., Elgin. Proceeds will benefit Helping Hands & Caring Heart, a Hampshire-based organization that provides essentials to community members in need, according to a news release.
Needed items include winter boots, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, gym shoes, jeans, long underwear, sleeping bags, socks, sweat pants, sweatshirts, baby wipes, toilet paper, hand warmers and water. While both men's and women's items are needed, there is a greater need for men's items, the release stated.
“I love the work Helping Hands & Caring Hearts does because they treat each person with dignity,” Paschke stated in the release. “Helping Hands supports people who are frequently forgotten, underserved, and about whom many negative assumptions are made.”
Paschke stated in the release that she is honored to join Moeller in working to ensure the needs of community members throughout the greater Fox Valley are met.
“Working jointly to serve the members of our community most in need is the least we can do to acknowledge their humanity and care for them in a way that lets them know they aren’t forgotten,” Paschke stated.
Paschke noted that during the pandemic, the needs of charities and community members are even more critical.
“We know that so many charitable organizations are hurting at this time, so if we find ourselves able to give, we should do so generously,” Paschke stated.
Paschke, a Democrat, is running against incumbent Republican Dan Ugaste to represent Illinois' 65th District.