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Moraine Township Seeks Donors for
Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive

For Immediate Release
Date: Week of October 28, 2013
Contact: Anne Flanigan Bassi, Township Supervisor, 847-432-3240

Moraine Township Seeks Donors for Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive

Moraine Township is once again sponsoring the annual Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive and invites generous community members to provide gifts to area children whose families are struggling this holiday season. Each year Moraine Townships seeks sponsors to partner with the Township in this effort. Our local school districts and nursery schools identify students whose families may not be able to provide gifts. The students then fill out wish lists and are paired with generous donors.

Donors are asked to spend no more than $50 per sponsored child when purchasing gifts from students' wish lists. Gifts are to be dropped off Monday, December 9 between 8:30 and 7:30, and Tuesday, December 10 between 8:30 and 4:30 at the Moraine Township office, 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park. Sponsor forms (PDF download) must be returned by mail or in person to the Moraine Township office 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois 60035, or by email to, and must be received no later than Friday. November 8, 2013.

Many families in our community are in need. Almost 27.5% of our District 112 students qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.

"We are reminded daily of how lucky we are to live in a community with a spirit of generosity and compassion that is second to none," notes this year's Holiday Drive Volunteer Chair, Sue Kach.

Moraine Township's Holiday Drive is named for an amazing and wonderful Highland Park resident, the late Phyllis Santullano. Phyllis was a Highland Park City Council member during the '70's and '80's who many referred to as "the conscience of our community." She founded an organization known as The North Suburban Self-Help Center, whose mission was to help families from all cultures in our community who were struggling. As a strong advocate for the interests of the less fortunate, she was a voice for the voiceless in our community. It is even more amazing that she did it all from a wheel chair, having been struck with polio as a young woman. Moraine Township's Holiday Gift Drive in small part helps to keep Phyllis' spirit of compassion and generosity alive in our community.

For further information call Moraine Township at 847-432-3240 or email Moraine Township's website is


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