June 14, 2012 1:52PM
Channahon resident Erik Williams, Nicole Ulivi, Angels of Hope Inc.; Silver Corss Women and Infant Serivces Birthing Center RNs Pattie Duncan and Sharita Dillon; Marilyn Paolella, director of maternal child care for Silver Cross Hospital.
Updated: July 16, 2012 6:02AM
St. Jude students do math for St. Jude’s
NEW LENOX — St. Jude School participated in the annual Mathathon for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Students completed grade-level appropriate math problems for pledges. The school raised $2,800.
Couple gives hospital gift in honor of son
JOLIET —To honor the memory of their son Sawyer, who would have been 2 years old on June 1, his parents donated gifts to Silver Cross Hospital that will provide comfort to other families who lose a child.
As part of their work with Angels of Hope, Erik and Michelle Williams of Channahon donated to Silver Cross Hospital memory boxes for parents whose children die just before or after birth. Also for the first time, boxes were donated to families who suffered a late-term miscarriage.
Sawyer died two years ago when he was just two days old from a congenital heart defect.
Sawyer lived from June 1 to June 3, 2010.
On the day they went home, as Michelle Williams waited in her hospital room for her husband to return from their car, she held not her new son, but a memory box.
“I sat in my room with the memory box, his mold, just holding it. I had something in my arms. It’s a priceless gift,” Williams said.
In memory of their son, they organized the area’s first A Walk To Remember in October 2010 for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Proceeds went to Angels of Hope, an organization based out of Coal City that helps anyone dealing with the emotional or physical absence of a child.
“We truly appreciate the memory box gifts because they offer so much comfort to our patients,” said Marilyn Paolella, director of maternal child care for Silver Cross Hospital.
Shopping center helps local schools
BOLINGBROOK — Area schools benefited from a shopping program offered at The Promenade Bolingbrook.
The Promenade’s Shopping 4 Students program has been implemented for five years and has offered schools the opportunity to raise funds by simply encouraging their families and staff to shop at the Promenade.
Over the course of seven months, participating schools accumulated a total of 8,435,100 points altogether and were rewarded gift cards totaling $10,000 ranging from $116 to $2,207 for their efforts.
“We’ve had such an amazing response from the community that we’d like to consider some options to make the 2012-13 program even bigger and better,” said Nora Levy, owner of Shopping Partnership, the organization that manages The Promenade’s Shopping for Students Program.
For more information or to apply as a new school or school district, contact Shopping Partnership at 800-539-3273 or visit www.shoppingpartnership.com .