Members of the ISBA staff gathered gifts for two local families as a way to make things a little brighter for those in need this holiday season. The staff of 17 purchased a variety of gifts for children ranging from six months to 15 years and delivered them yesterday, Dec. 22, before the holiday break.
“We were really looking for a way to give back,” said Harry Shipley, the ISBA assistant executive director. “Since my wife, Traci, works at River Woods Elementary school, she was able to come up with two families in need. We decided rather than give to larger charity organizations, we’d try to make a bigger impact on a local family or two instead.”
The staff used their cafeteria funds and personal donations to fund the project. Many staff members went out over the last couple weeks to purchase things from the families’ wish lists. Even Chris Fritz who works remotely from Chicago did some online shopping for the families.
“It feels nice to be giving back to those who are less fortunate,” said Jennifer Phillips, the ISBA membership records coordinator. “It makes me thankful for what I have.”
All the gifts were stacked up throughout the ISBA headquarters building before being delivered this week.