Donate your duds! Summer clothing drive July 14

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LOVES PARK—Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful wants you to clean your closets, dressers, basements and attics of your old clothes, shoes, handbags, linens, curtains, stuffed toys and other soft goods and bring them to the annual Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Summer Clothing Drive Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at all seven Hilander Foods locations.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful volunteers will accept clothes at all Hilander Foods stores including:

Rockford—2601 N. Mulford Road, 2514 S. Alpine Road, (Alpine & Harrison), 3710 N. Main St. ,1715 Rural St. and 3134 S. 11th St.

Cherry Valley—2206 Barnes Boulevard.

Roscoe—4860 Hononegah Road

The following items are being collected during the Summer Clothing Drive: Any and all clothing, shoes, belts, stuffed animals, purses, bedding, curtains and draperies, towels and other soft goods. All items are to be brought in plastic bags, no boxes, no hangers. Shoes brought are to be tied together. All items should be in good, reusable condition. The clothing will be re-distributed worldwide, primarily in the U.S. and developing third world nations.

The Summer Clothing Drive is coordinated by Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful and is supported locally by its environmentally-conscious co-sponsors: Hilander Foods and Coca-Cola.

“This is a great opportunity for my family and friends to work together on an easy, environmentally-friendly project,” said Jane Snively, president of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. “I’m always surprised by the number of bags we take to the Clothing Drive.”

According to Lori Gummow, executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, each Clothing Drive brings in more than 100,000 pounds of clothing and soft goods from stateline-area residents. Since the clothing drives started in October 2000, area residents have donated more than 1.5 million pounds of clothing and soft goods in the three yearly clothing drives.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful relies significantly on local volunteers to make these drives happen. Anyone interested in volunteering for a three-hour shift should call (815) 637-1343, or visit

from the July 11-17, 2007, issue

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