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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Help the OFFD 'Fill the Pack' for local school children

Did you know that more than 200 young people in Oak Forest begin their school year at a disadvantage because they do not have the necessary supplies?  That is why the Oak Forest Fire Department, the Forest Ridge PTA, the Oak Forest Rotary Club, and Firefighters Union Local 3039 are teaming up to collect school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations for their "Fill the Pack Drive."  Their goal is to donate 15 supply-filled backpacks to each of the 10 public schools in Oak Forest: Lee R. Foster Elementary, G. Kerkstra Elementary, Ridge Early Childhood Center, Jack Hille Middle School, Scarlet Oak School, Arbor Park Middle School, Morton Gingerwood School, Fieldcrest School, Fierke Education Center, and Oak Forest High School.  

The following suggested donations may be dropped off at the fire station at 5620 James Drive, the fire station on 167th Street west of Cicero Avenue, and at City Hall throughout the summer:

  • Notebook paper packs
  • Dry erase markers
  • Paper towels
  • Pencils
  • Folders
  • Zip-Lock bags
  • Pens
  • Binders
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Watercolor paints
  • Crayons
  • Rulers
  • Backpacks (new and gently used, no wheels)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil cases
  • Glue sticks and bottles
  • Kleenex

Cash donations are welcome.  Checks should be made payable to the Forest Ridge PTA.  Please direct any kind of monetary donations to Administrative Assistants Megan Maney or Lisa Alfaro in the office at the fire station on James Drive.  A receipt will be provided for all monetary donations.

Please keep in mind it costs about $45 to supply one child with a backpack filled with supplies.  Some families simply cannot afford this and their children will not be as prepared as other more fortunate children to do well in school.  

If you have any questions, please contact Administrative Assistant Megan Maney at mmaney@oak-forest.org, Firefighter/Paramedic Kurt DeGroot at kdegroot@oak-forest.org or the Mayor’s Office in City Hall at 708-687-4050.  Thank you in advance for your support of this effort.