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Downtown Homewood takes on festive look

Students in Homewood District 153 will be volunteering to help the homeless and children in hospitals on Monday, Dec. 7, the first Tom Brabec Day in Homewood schools.

When Tom Brabec retired from the Homewood District 153 School Board in May after 18 years of service, the board decided it would dedicate a day of service involving students at each of its schools. Brabec Day is meant to reflect on the many ways he shares his time and talent with the community.

Students are looking for donations that they can use to fill the needs of those who frequent PADS overnight shelters in local churches, and toys and books for children at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

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Socks, gloves and winter hats for men, women and children are being collected through 2:30 p.m. Monday at Willow School, 1804 Willow Ave. 

Washclothes, bars of soap, toothbrushes and travel size toothpaste are being collected through noon Monday at Churchill School, 1300 W. 190th St.

Donated books for children and young adults, activity books, small stuffed animals, colored pencils, markers, crayons, Play-Doh, playing cards and card games will help students at Millennium School fill the needs of children in hospitals. Donations are being accepted through noon on Friday, Dec. 11. The school is at 183rd and Aberdeen.

Students at James Hart School will be writing letters of encouragement to patients at Lurie and Comer Children’s Hospitals, and special thank you notes for the overwhelming support they received for their Thanksgiving food and clothing drives.

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