Prom Dresses and Accessories Needed

Please donate your old Prom dress to Junior Service Club –
Every girl should feel like a princess on that special day…Prom!

The JSC Boutique provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their Prom. Through donations of new and gently used formal dresses and accessories, we are able to “Turn Dresses into Dreams” for Junior and Senior high school girls. The JSC Prom Dress Boutique provides an unforgettable and amazing experience. From the moment a princess dances through our doors they are greeted with an environment of kindness and respect.

We make a commitment that each girl will be treated with kindness and respect from each volunteer from the moment she enters the JSC Boutique. She will not only leave with a beautiful dress, but also with a renewed confidence in herself.

JSC Prom Dress Boutique

jsc 2016 invite

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Teen Clothing Drive – Madison County Courthouse – Ends January 10th

Looking for something for your teens to do over the holidays? Have them clean out their closets! Help the Illinois JusticeCorps celebrate the 2016 MLK Day of Service by donating new and gently used clothing for children ages 12-17 in the Foster Care Program!!!

Donation Collection will begin December 1,2015 through January 10, 2016.

Items Needed: Shoes, socks, underwear, T-shirts, sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, hats, jackets, coats, gloves, jeans, personal hygiene items, and book bags.

Where: Madison County Courthouse
155 N. Main St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025

A collection box will be next to the information desk in the courthouse.

The Madison County Circuit Court Supports this project.

teen clothing drive

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LMS Toy and Food Drive ends Dec 11

Both Liberty and Lincoln Middle Schools will be collecting new toys and non perishable food for the their annual drive.
FIT and GO students have wrapped boxes in preparation for the annual toy and food drive. Please consider sending in new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. Donations will be accepted November 30 through December 11. Thank you for supporting our local families.

lms toy drive 2015

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Boy Scouts – Scouting for Food – Saturday November 21st

On November 14th, Scouts distributed bags in local communities to collect canned food for local food pantries. The Scouts are asking residents to fill these bags with canned food and place them by their front doors before 9 a.m. on November 21st, so that the Scouts can collect them.

scouting for food 2015

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Got Candy – Don’t throw it away – Pass it on

Instead of throwing away your children’s Halloween candy, find a way to pass on locally and help someone in the process. Maybe it will make it less painful to part with the candy?

  • Betsy Sawyer collects candy for her outreach with the homeless. (fyi she also takes bikes, clothing, blankets, flashlights, etc.she can meet at walgreens parking lot)
  • Churches on the Streets STLis collecting for the homeless you can drop off donations at Wang Gang in Edwardsville. Look for the barrel – you can also donate seasonal items. The ministry serves mostly men, they are in need of barely used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and new socks. The link contains the facebook page.
  • Operation Christmas Child – the American Heritage girls are assembling over 200 shoeboxes to be sent to children overseas. They could use any candy that will not melt. Please contact Aimee Folmer for pickup
  • From last year need to verify – Associated Pediatric Dentistry – They will pay $1 per pound, up to $5. And it goes to Operation Gratitude- helping the Military. Ends November 8th. Their new office is right by Meridian Village in Glen Carbon –  116 Magnolia Drive, Glen Carbon, Illinois 62065  Phone : 618-288-(KIDS) or 618-288-5437. Note candy and toothbrushes will be sent overseas.
  • from last year need to verify – BauerHite Orthodontics
    After collecting all of that Halloween candy, don’t forget to donate the extra! We will pay you $1 per pound for all of your leftover candy!! All candy will be sent overseas to our serving troops!  (may be pound limit)
  • Glen – Ed Food Pantry
  • AR store at woodlands
  • Lots of people collect for Veteran’s
  • Check with your dentist or orthodontist
  • Stay tuned – I’ll update as I hear more.

    Got Candy? Pass it on.

    Got Candy? Pass it on.

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Shoe Drive – Cyclery and Fitness Center Ends 11/30

The Cyclery and Fitness Center in Edwarsville is now collecting shoes and monetary donations for the non profit organization Soles4Souls! The amount of people without access to shoes is staggering so why not help them out? Bring in any unwanted shoes whether it be heels or worn out running shoes. This fundraiser runs from today until November 30th. Contact the Edwardsville location with any questions or go to


shoeman child

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Glen Ed Food Pantry

There are several collections for the Glen Ed Pantry coming up. As you are purchasing items for you family, please keep in mind those within our community that the pantry supports and pick up an item that is in need. Thank you for all your support! Please share this post.glen ed pantry

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Teen Clothing Drive – St. John’s UMC – Ends October 11th

Now through Oct. 11th bring gently used clothing for our teens in need. The St. John’s youth group is collecting clothing for our area middle and high school students. Donation suggestions include: jeans, t-shirts, flannels and hoodies. Let us congratulate our youth on their ministry to the community, by showing them support with donations over the next week.

More info from St. John’sdonations clothing

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Halloween Costume Drive (Toddler – Adult) Ends October 23rd

Project AVA is proud to introduce our Halloween “Bootique”. From September 25 – October 23rd we will be collecting new and gently used Halloween costumes, size toddler through youth size large. BooOur goal is to reach children who would otherwise not have a costume, and make their day just as enjoyable as the rest of their peers. After we’ve collected the costumes we’ll drop them off at local schools, early childhood and parent education centers, and food pantries that we have identified as having a need. They will then be distributed to the children as the school or organization sees fit. This keeps the identity of the children and families private.

Drop Off Locations:

Edwardsville Donation Drop Off Locations:

-Jennifer Ladd’s Allstate Office 
1021 Century Dr, Edwardsville, IL 62025. (by Wang Gang)
Hours: Monday 9am-6pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-12pm.

-Afterwords Bookstore –
454 E. Vandalia Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 10am-3pm
*If you drop your costume off at Afterwords you will receive a coupon for a FREE (used and under $7) book at the book store – compliments of our favorite bookstore!

There are two ways to get involved!
1. You may drop off new or gently used costumes to one of the locations in your area listed below.
2. You may make a monetary donation to project AVA, we’ll purchase the costumes and distribute them accordingly. Costumes typically run anywhere from $10-$25.

Visit Project Ava website

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Sturdy Heavy Hangers – Friday September 25th – EHS Football Game – From EHS Dance Team

The EHS Dance Team will be collecting hangers to support Cinderella Affair. At the Sept. 25 EHS Football game the dance team will have a table for you to drop off your hangers. Please considering donating your used or even new hangers to this cause. Some of the hangers that are needed…. ones with the slits on the top so that they will hold the dress straps up, ones with clips for the strapless dresses, and extra sturdy hangers for the heavy prom dresses. The plain wire hangers do not really serve the job. If you are unable to make the game, please let an EHS Dancer know and they would be happy to come and get hangers from you. The Cinderella Affair also needs dress racks. If you have these, please contact Wanda directly to arrange a pick-up. She also accepts dresses, suits, and accessories of all sizes. 

The Cinderella Affair in an organization in Bunker Hill run by Wanda Lucas that supports middle school and high school students afford to attend their formal dances. She loans them all items and doesn’t charge them anything.

Thank you for supporting the EHS Dance Team’s Community Service project and more importantly, for helping Wanda and the Cinderella Affair make more dreams come true!cinderella affair

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