Lombard Firefighters present pink shirt fundraiser proceeds to The Bhorade Cancer Center at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Village of Lombard Firefighters recently presented a $2,350 check to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital’s Bhorade Cancer Center, to help assist people undergoing cancer treatment. The proceeds were raised through the Pink Shirt Campaign run by the Lombard Fire Department which allowed firefighters to voluntarily purchase and wear the shirts throughout the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The shirts were also available for public purchase and a group photo was taken of residents and firefighters wearing their pink shirts at Lombard Fire Department’s Open House on October 11. The Lombard Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 3009 provided additional donations, which were included in the final total.
“This event keeps growing and we can’t be more proud. We love this town and we love being able to positively impact people that live here who are going through a tough time,” said Firefighter Bob Hopper, who organizes the annual event. “Good Sam’s is a great partner and we’re honored to be able to make a positive impact to our residents in a time of need. That’s why we’re firefighters and that’s why we do this. To help people.”
Good Samaritan Hospital provides services to Lombard residents and works closely with the Lombard Fire Department. The Bhorade Cancer Center offers a comprehensive and integrated cancer program, which includes state of the art medical treatment as well as wig services.
Residents wishing to participate in next year’s pink shirt event should email LFDPink@gmail.com to be notified when shirts become available for purchase in 2018. For more information please contact Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell at (630)620-5761.
2016 Lombard Fire Department Toy Parade
The Lombard Fire Department’s annual Toy Drive kicks off Monday, Nov. 28 and will end with a Toy Parade from St. Charles to Wilson Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Residents are encouraged to bring toys and items to Lombard Fire Stations and Village Hall for donation. Firefighters will collect toys from residents along Main St. on Dec. 10, and will bring them to Yorktown Shopping Center for a gift collecting event featuring a live broadcast with Dick Biondi and 94.7 WLS-FM.
Beginning November 28, toy drive collection bins will be available in five locations, including the Lombard Village Hall (255 E. Wilson), Fire Station 1 (50 E. St. Charles Road), Fire Station 2 (2020 S. Highland Avenue), Yorktown Shopping Center (203 Yorktown Center) and Schroeder’s Ace Hardware (837 Westmore/Meyers Road). District 44 students also collect toys. Items requested include new toys (unwrapped) as well as baby supplies such as formula and diapers. Items collected will benefit the Teen Parent Connection, First Things First and the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry.
“We’re so happy that this event continues to grow each year. What better way to give back to the community that we call home? Some of us are from Lombard and some of us might live in other towns, but every one of these firefighters calls Lombard home,” said Lombard Firefighter and Paramedic Ben Speck. “We love this village and this is a great chance for residents to spread some holiday joy to local kids and families in need.”
The Toy Parade will be held on Dec. 10, for the final collection of items. Fire vehicles and firefighters will begin the parade at 10:30 a.m., at Main St. and St. Charles Rd., and will proceed to Glenbard East High School. Firefighters and volunteers will collect toys along the parade route on the west side of the street only as far as Glenbard East High School. Firefighters will bring items to Yorktown Center, where the toys will be unloaded. The event will continue with a live broadcast from 94.7 WLS-FM and Dick Biondi, and family fun including games, raffles, and more.
"As members of the community, our team seeks ways to lift our neighbors in need, and are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Lombard Fire Fighters for this meaningful event," said Erin Falbo, Marketing Manager for Yorktown Center. "We invite the community to give as they can throughout the Toy Drive and then join us on December 10th for a day of family fun and holiday entertainment."
Cash donations are also being accepted and may be dropped off at either Fire Station. For more information please contact Firefighter Joshua Hays at (630) 620-5734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Assistant Chief Jerry Howell at (630)620-5761.