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Town Center Bank joins Lions Club to help struggling families

FRANKFORT – Town Center Bank’s Annual Holiday Drive runs from Sunday through Dec. 14.

Both bank locations, in New Lenox at 1938 E. Lincoln Highway and in Frankfort at 20181 S. LaGrange Road, are asking for donations of new toys, games, books, funds and food.

The bank also is a year-round drop-off location for local food pantries.

The drive started several years ago, when Frankfort Lions Club members had enough of their own holiday grab bag and decided to spend the money supplementing their annual food baskets with toys for the children in the families they served.

When Town Center Bank pitched in with their toy drive a few years ago, the program really took off, according to event organizers.

The food baskets include 10 pounds of potatoes, bags of rice, canned vegetables, and other food items, enough to feed a family for a while. With the bank’s help, the Lions Club estimates it can serve about 29 families in a crisis state. The gifts donated to Town Center Bank are wrapped and labeled with ages and gender.

For more information, call Shirley Pirko at 815-806-7007. 

Holiday collection drives begin at Oxford Bank Branch Offices

PLAINFIELD – With the holiday season upon us, Oxford Bank & Trust is again utilizing its six branch offices for various holiday collection drives. The general public is invited to participate.

The Plainfield branch will be collecting for Toys for Tots. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

The Oxford Bank branch in Plainfield, 13440 S. Route 59, will be collecting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 15.

RE/MAX plans to open its first Channahon office early in 2016

CHANNAHON – The RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network will open its first office in Channahon early in 2016. RE/MAX Hometown Properties, located at 25445 Pheasant Lane, near the intersection of U.S. 6 and Ridge Road, will be owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Joseph and Julie McElyea.

“Our goal is to open immediately after the New Year’s holiday, but it could take a week or two longer to get ready,” Joe McElyea said in a new release, discussing their plans for the new 1,200-square-foot office. “We plan to hold a grand opening event in spring.”

Julie McElyea will be managing broker of RE/MAX Hometown Properties. Joe will focus his efforts on the recruiting of additional brokers and on marketing properties.

According to Joe McElyea, the need for a locally based brokerage in Channahon became clear to the couple not long after moving there in 2013. The first order of business for the McElyeas, however, will be building a strong team of brokers for RE/MAX Hometown Properties.

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