Make ‘back-to-school’ easier for families in need

By on July 24, 2010

Delnor’s Giving Tree creates opportunity for community to help

Geneva—This is the time of year for buying school supplies, rearranging schedules and everything else that goes along with getting back to school. Many children, however, are anxiously awaiting their first day of school because they will not be able to afford needed school supplies.

This is where Delnor’s Giving Tree can help.

In July, Delnor has joined efforts with the Regional Office of Education and Lazarus House to collect school supplies to help children have a great start to the new school year, and everyone in the community can help do their part as well.

Give back to kids going back to school

Vacations, late nights, sleeping in and hours of playing video games each day are about to end for many children. These events will soon be replaced with meeting new and old friends, a daily schedule, sports and homework. However, for many children, having the proper school supplies is financially out of reach as many families in the Fox Valley are being affected by the current economic situation.

For the entire month of July, Delnor will collect much-needed school supplies. It is a good time to think about how you might give back to make this the best school year ever for at least one student.

Consider donating the following items for a child in need, items will be collected through July 31. For a complete list, visit

Items needed include: Crayola washable markers; 24 box of crayons; #2 pencils; pink erasers; pencil boxes/cases; colored pencils; pocket folders; spiral bound notebooks; 1 inch, 3-ring binders; loose leaf paper; backpacks (new or gently used); glue sticks; Fiskers scissors (new or gently used); rulers; pens; post-it notes; clipboards; yellow highlighters; boxes of tissues; ziplock baggies (sandwich or snack size).

An actual ‘Giving Tree,’ located in the Delnor Hospital atrium, allows for employees to easily drop off their contribution. For community members, making a donation is simple, just pull in to the entrance of Delnor Hospital and the valet parking staff will take donated items and place them by the Delnor Giving Tree. Valet is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Delnor Hospital, located at 300 Randall Road, Geneva, is part of Delnor Health System.