Our Members ROCK!
From donations of blood all the way to shoes drives, Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton is dedicated to helping the community and others in need.
We have been a host site for the American Red Cross Blood Drive for 15+ years and continue to support blood donations by expanding the opportunities to donate from once a month to twice monthly. In 2021, 111 individuals generously donated 745 pints of blood at our location and with your help, we have even higher hopes for 2022. Help us meet our donation goals by clicking here to sign up for the next blood drive.
Donating blood wasn’t our only drive for the year. With your help, we were able to successfully complete eight not-for-profit donation drives this year alone. April’s Shoe Drive brought in 145 pairs for Changing Footprints, supporting disaster stricken, homeless and the underprivileged. Duneland Schools were given an amazing 1,601 school supplies to start the year! Your generous donation of 1,444 pieces of gently used clothing went to Clothes N Prayers, a ministry of the 500 Turkeys, Inc. organization that clothes families year-round. And, an unbelievable 355 pounds of leftover Halloween candy was given to the Lions Club to be shipped out to our troops and veterans. Many thanks to the Duneland community for being so giving and really coming together to support each other in a time of need.
In November and December, we decided to take part in three drives at once. A goal many may say is a stretch but with the Duneland community behind us, Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton was able to help many children and families in need. With our Giving Tree drives, we collected 939 items for Chesterton High School, and 50 items for Yost Elementary School. The third drive, a gently used coat collection for Brothers Keepers, resulted in collecting 135 coats for those in need, so far! Donations for the coat drive go until December 31st, so you still have time to clean out your closet for a new year and a new you. Donate your coats today. We are so grateful for the on-going generosity of our Members!
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Our thanks to Alexandria Montanez, Programs Specialist Chesterton, for writing this blog.