Posted on Nov 26, 2023
Just prior to this year’s untimely Halloween cold snap and snow, Schaumburg AM Rotarians achieved a major milestone that has been a work in progress since 2011 … that being the cumulative donation of more than 1,000 brand new winter coats over the past 12 years to students at Brightpoint’s Marletta Darnall Child & Family Center located in Schaumburg.
Funding for these coats was obtained through the club’s fundraising efforts in addition to grants received from Rotary District 6440.  Coats were purchased through Operation Warm, a national non-profit that partners with both individuals and community organizations to provide warmth, confidence, and hope for a brighter future for kids from low incomes families.
Rotarian Brian Bieschke once again applied for the Rotary District 6440 grant in addition to coordinating the purchase and fitting of coats with the Darnall Child & Family Center.  Without a doubt this annual effort is the club’s most favorite hands-on community service project.  At the conclusion of our coat fitting session with students, it’s a toss-up as to who has the bigger smiles – the kids who receive them or the Rotarians who fit each child with their own high quality, warm winter coat.
The Darnall Child & Family Center provides programming for families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that is designed to enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy family functioning.  Services cover early education and childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; and parent education.