• Salvation Army and Community Crisis Center Collaborate for the Holidays

    “Elgin’s Hope for the Holidays” will provide toys to children in need
    ELGIN – The Salvation Army Elgin Corps Community Center and The Community Crisis Center are joining together this holiday season to provide toys to local children in need. The two organizations are launching a unified assistance program called “Elgin’s Hope for the Holidays.” The organizations will collaborate to meet a need that’s expected to be greater than ever due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  
    “Working together will streamline services, avoid duplication and allow us to meet the increased needs,” said Captain Linnea Forney, corps officer at the Salvation Army Elgin Corps. “By combining efforts, we hope to ease the burden for a greater number of parents who may be faced with difficult choices between making rent and putting food on the table, or buying toys for their children.”
    “Currently clients arrive at our door that have never had a need for assistance,” said LaTonya Walker, Executive Director of the Community Crisis Center. “This partnership allows both organizations to serve more of those in need in what we hope to be a larger community effort in future years.  Our ultimate goal is for children to have an enjoyable holiday and to provide relief to families.  During COVID, we’ve read a lot about ‘Together We Can and this year’s event will exemplify that concept.
    “Elgin’s Hope for the Holidays” will provide toys for children 15 and under at one location, The Salvation Army Elgin Corps. Families are encouraged to call now to schedule an appointment. Registration opens on October 1 and runs through November 30. Registration will be available by appointment only. Walk-ins are not accepted to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and guests, and that all state and CDC guidelines are followed.
    Families with children in the following zip codes are eligible to register:
    60110, 60118, 60120, 60121, 60123, 60124, 60136, 60140, 60177
    For more information, or to make an appointment, contact either The Salvation Army at 847-741-2304 ext. 302, or the Community Crisis Center at 847-742-4088 ext. 304.
    Last year, the two organizations provided toys to more than 1,300 families.
    Media contacts:
    Rick Reigner
    The Salvation Army Elgin Corps
    847.802.2970 | Richard.Reigner@usc.salvationarmy.org drea