The holiday season is for gathering with loved ones, sharing and making wonderful memories, and eating all sorts of delicious food. It’s also a season for giving, and for one local charity, an entire day is dedicated to helping the less fortunate over the holidays. Barrington Giving Day is held for families in Barrington School District 220 who need coats, food, warm clothes and much more for the coldest season in Chicagoland.
Barrington Giving Day began in 1957 thanks to a group called Church Women United, combining their efforts with the Salvation Army to hand out food, clothes, and toys to those in need.
We recently spoke with Executive Director Patricia Karon, who is the charity’s executive director, on her involvement with Barrington Giving Day, and why she is dedicated to this noble cause.
“I started volunteering over 40 years ago when my daughter was in Girl Scouts, and I was a troop leader,” says Karon. Volunteering with Church Women United made such an impact on Karon that in 2005, when the food pantry was to close, she and fellow volunteer Jeanette Muench applied for a 501C3 in 2006 and Barrington Giving Day was born in May 2007.
When asked why she loves running Barrington Giving Day so dearly, Karon says, “Helping children is what is very important to me. Without the help of Giving Day, families would not have such a wonderful holiday season. The volunteers who help put the event together are very hardworking. Barrington residents, civic organizations, and businesses come together to help the families.” Also, Karon loves the reward of knowing how much Giving Day helps out families so they can have a wonderful holiday season too.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 10. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or learn more about Barrington Giving Day before then, visit their website at BarringtonGivingDay.org.