Jennifer Forshee, resale clothing coordinator for the Willow Creek Care Center, pulled up to the South Barrington Village Hall in March to introduce herself, and hopefully, create a new connection. This time she wouldn’t drive past the building wondering what could be. Little did she know the donation bin sitting by her office she had recently received would have a new home at Village Hall.
Forshee not only met the staff, but quickly found out they were looking to make donating easier for South Barrington citizens, who would inquire where to donate items nearby, only to be directed elsewhere. After some conversations, the Care Center agreed to provide a donation bin to the Village Hall and take care of the weekly pickups and maintenance. Forshee and Bud Terpstra, a Care Center volunteer, updated the bin with new decals and installed it at 30 S. Barrington Road in South Barrington, IL on April 1.
The South Barrington Village posted on their official website a description of the items accepted at the donation bin on April 8. All donations are picked up and sorted for the Clothing Store, where gently used items are resold at low prices for guests who could benefit from the Care Center’s services. Items that don’t pass the five-point inspection are recycled responsibly through a third-party, making every donated item regardless of condition useful and beneficial.
“I am so excited to let you all know that we have partnered with the South Barrington Village, and we have a new Care Center donation bin right outside the Village Hall. We are so pleased to accept your clothing donations, toys, and shoes.” said Forshee in a video announcement.
So far, the bin has been filled up weekly. Anyone interested in donating used and gently used items can drop them off at the donation bin anytime. For other ways to give, visit wccarecenter.org/give.
ABOUT THE CARE CENTER: The Care Center is a ministry of Willow Creek Community Church that works with experts and partners in the Chicagoland area and nationally to help people find immediate relief and long-term services—like food, clothing, employment, and transportation. No matter who you are, you’ll find dignity, hope, and transformation at the Care Center. Visit, donate, or volunteer today at willowcreekcarecenter.org.
THE CLOTHING STORE: Any guest can shop at the Clothing Store for quality adult and kids clothing at reasonable prices. All men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing are freshly laundered before they are available in the store for sale. A variety of sizes and styles are possible from donations through Willow and community partnerships. Learn more at wccarecenter.org/clothing.