Help brighten the season

By on November 30, 2009

Marklund offers annual Giving Tree drive
Geneva—As the holiday season approaches, Marklund is gearing up for its annual Giving Tree drive, which takes place now through Dec. 11, at Marklund Hyde Center, 1S450 Wyatt Dr., Geneva and Marklund Philip Center for Children, 164 S. Prairie, Bloomingdale, Ill.

Marklund enriches the lives of infants, children and adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities with therapeutic services, day programming, 24-hour nursing care, and community programs.

For 23 years, the Giving Tree program has allowed Marklund residents to receive special holiday gifts from donors. Marklund residents submit wish lists with items ranging from winter coats to classical music CDs to gift cards. Giving Tree cards are created for each resident with a brief bio and three gift suggestions. Donors take a card and purchase one or more of the resident’s wish items and return them, festively wrapped, to Marklund.

As a new addition this year, Marklund is also providing the option of supporting day-to-day expenses. Every month, electric bills total approximately $23,000, gas bills total over $16,000 and water bills total nearly $5,000, all of which are necessary for Marklund to continue providing quality care for the individuals who live in the Marklund homes. Local businesses are invited to distribute Marklund’s holiday giving envelopes to customers, clients and employees.

“The Giving Tree is such an important way to let residents know how special they are,” Vicki Krystof said. “The holidays at Marklund are full of excitement and a lot of love, and the Giving Tree is one of the best examples.”

On Dec. 24, 100 Marklund volunteers and staff members gather to help residents open their gifts. Another way to acknowledge the holiday season is to give items from Marklund’s general wish list, which is located at

For more information about the Giving Tree cards, call Cathy Nikrandt at (630) 593-5468. To receive holiday donation envelopes, call Stevie Armbruster at (630) 593-5473.

Founded in 1954, Marklund, a nonprofit organization, enriches the lives of those with special healthcare needs by honoring the unique purpose of each individual. Those served are able to enjoy a full and meaningful life supported by a compassionate nurturing environment, a strong partnership with the community, and an unmatched dedication to personal growth.

Marklund’s main campus in Geneva consists of six 16-bed residential homes for adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities, as well as an educational and training center that provides for the intensive medical, social, emotional and physical needs of the residents.

For more information about Marklund, call Vicki Krystof at (630) 593-5482 or visit