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Holiday ideas for giving back

Please consider donating to one of these worthy causes this holiday

Roadrunners is very proud of the generosity our families have shown every holiday season.


DG58 Holiday Gift Giving

For the last few years, Roadrunners has proudly working in conjunction with DG58 to help put smiles on children's faces at Christmas. Look for the sign up again next year!


We are about to embark on our 5th annual giving program in affiliation with families and/or children in need with DG58. This program has grown in scope over the past two years. We are trying to get ahead of the curve this year and are providing a generic sign-up by age and gender as well as specific requests that we have received to date.


You can sign up now and buy age appropriate gifts according to age and gender  Mark your purchase(s) on the sign-up and we will coordinate matching up the items appropriately. Or sign up for a specific child -(we will be adding specific children's wish lists in the next two weeks). Our goal is to provide 2-3 gifts per child and/or family. For the non shoppers, a gift cards sign up is available and are always appreciated -usually used to buy winter clothing. You can also consider having your team buy for a family.

Please contact Carl Turk at with any specific questions. Carl will be coordinating the efforts on Roadrunners behalf. We will send specific information on where to drop the gifts off in Downers Grove to those who sign up.

There is an area to sign up to help sort and bag gifts on the 13th of December. We will also need a couple of volunteers to assist in delivering items to area elementary schools on December 14th.


Daybreak Shelter Coat Drive

Another way you can get involved is to participate in our Coat Drive for Daybreak Homeless Shelter and Catholic Charities of Joliet.


·        New or very gently used coats, hats, gloves are needed in sizes 6 weeks – Youth Size 8  (Children in need are ages 6 weeks – 5 years*)  

·        Daybreak Center is also in great need of new/very gently used Fall/Winter coats in sizes Adult 2XL and larger. 

Please be sure any gently used items have been washed prior to bringing them.

Coats can be dropped off at 4803 Highland Ave in Downers Grove starting Nov 30th. Please drop on the front porch facing Highland Ave, porch is open so no need to knock, there will be a box marked "Coat Drive" You can also give the coats directly to Coach Hannan. Donations accepted through Dec 12th.

If you need an alternate drop location please email


*Programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, home-based, expectant mothers, and daycare programs for children up to five years-old and their low-income families.  Children participate in developmentally and educationally appropriate activities; receive medical and dental care; have healthy meals and snacks; and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.  There are approximately 800 children in these programs