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Your guide to giving this holiday season

McHenry County charities discuss their needs

Father Jim Swarthout, founder of the diaper bank at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in McHenry, stands in a truck amongst diapers donated by the Rotary Club - Dawnbreakers of Crystal Lake.

From volunteers to donations, the need for help throughout McHenry County this holiday season couldn’t be stronger.

Dealing with the fall-out of the poor economy, some area non-profit agencies aren’t quite sure what to expect this holiday season. But they’ll take what they can get.

“We’re bracing ourselves for anything this winter,” says Kara Plonczynski, volunteer coordinator for McHenry County Animal Control.

Where to start If you’re looking to help in any way, your best bet is to turn to the United Way of Greater McHerny County Volunteer Center.

The center tracks the needs of non-profit organizations and keeps an online wish list at www.volunteer.mchenrycounty.org or you can call 815-344-GIVE.

What’s needed Of course, area food pantries, such as FISH of McHenry, are always in need of food donations.

For other agencies, the lists are detailed with items, such as the notebook paper, envelopes, glue and other office supplies needed at Garden Quarter Resource Center in McHenry. The center provides a place for children to receive help with homework, learn life skills and take part in various recreational opportunities.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of McHenry County Magazine.