BELLEVILLE — The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois recently made donations to several charities in the area. In collaboration with the Realtor Association’s Holiday Celebration, the members held a successful food and toy drive for the Community Interfaith Food Pantry and Griffin Center, as well as collect presents for families of the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois.
The Realtor Association members donated a large van full of toys to the Griffin Center. Toys included a large bicycle, dolls, cars, games, and more. The Griffin Center is located in East St. Louis, and helps children who are surrounded by violence and poverty, become happy, healthy, and productive citizens. Many of the items were used as Christmas presents for the children.
“This time of year can be difficult for so many in our community,” said Mike Gross, president of the association. “We hope that these gifts and food will bring a bright part to many who might need it right now.”
The Realtor Association also collected food and toiletry items for the Community Interfaith Food Pantry in Belleville. The Community Interfaith Food Pantry, located in Belleville, is a well-organized food pantry comprised of volunteers from eleven local churches. The Community Interfaith Food Pantry provides food to families throughout Belleville and Swansea communities who are experiencing difficulty in meeting the demands of daily living.
In conjunction with the toy and food drive, members of the Association also purchased presents for family members in need at the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois. For more than 35 years, the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois has been dedicated to providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The center provides free, confidential services to St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph Counties in southwestern Illinois. Thirty-four members who unfortunately need services from the Violence Prevention Center will be receiving a special present this year.
— From the Illinois Business Journal