Niles-Maine District Library staff donates 64 Thanksgiving dinner bags to Niles family services
Last updated 11/25/2019 at 2:41pm
The Niles-Maine District Library Staff donated 64 Thanksgiving dinner bags to Niles
Family Services. Each dinner bag includes a $25 gift card to a local grocery store (for purchasing
turkey, gravy, and other miscellaneous items), stuffing, bread mix, mixed vegetables, sweet
potatoes, and cranberry sauce. The total value of the gift cards alone equals $1,600 and over
500 pounds of non-perishable goods. All funds and goods were donated exclusively by library
"It really reflects how much the library staff cares about the community," said Executive
Director, Susan Dove Lempke. "Everybody contributed what they were able to and I think we all
love knowing that families in the community will get to enjoy the holiday, too."
The effort started in 2011 when the Library Director at the time heard that Niles Family
Services needed more goods to help feed families in the community during the holidays.
Library staff aimed to break last year's record of 63 Thanksgiving dinner bags. When
library staff realized they were going to tie last year's count, a staff member put together one
more bag which resulted in a new goal to surpass next year. Hopefully, that excitement will pale
in comparison to the feelings of joy the bags will bring to the families that receive them.
Niles-Maine District Library is located at 6960 Oakton Street, the northeast corner of the
Oakton and Waukegan intersection. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 9pm,
Friday, 9am to 7pm, Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.