As shoppers scurry about Deerfield seeking holiday gifts, there are also plenty of opportunities to give the gift of yourself whether volunteering time or making donations to those in need. Here are some of Patch’s suggestions.
The Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. for donations. is always looking for volunteers to help stack food but call first at 847-945-8317 before coming by.
The Food Pantry needs will not stop with the holiday season. Donations and voluntary help are needed continuously.
Located in Jewett Park, the Deerfield Optimists are in their 50th year of selling Christmas Trees with the proceeds benefitting local groups.
The lot is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Check out the Optimist website for more information.
Feel free to drop off donations between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Deerfield Village Hall. Contributions can also be made at the Deerfield Police Station behind the Village Hall at any time.
This organization provides services to seniors to help them maintain their independence and quality of life. Like the Food Pantry, it is an ongoing effort.
The organization is a joint effort of three Deerfield churches, , and as well in Highland Park.
Executive Director Robbie Boudreau has a particular need for drivers during the winter season. Check out the organization’s website for an application to become a volunteer.
This senior living center has a special need on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Chanukah. There are people living there who may not get a visitor on the holidays if a volunteer does not come to see them and perhaps bring a magazine or a newspaper.
For those who would like to cheer up the day for a senior, contact Program Director Patti Mauro at 847-945-4600.