Childerguild recently presented Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox with $315,000, to invest in breast ultrasound and 3D mammography services at the hospital’s Center for Women’s Health.
For over a century, the local charitable organization has donated more than $4 million to support women’s and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital.
In recent years, Childerguild donations have been used to purchase equipment for a Cesarean section operating suite, upgrade the special care nursery, and purchase a breast milk management system. In addition, Childerguild funds continuing education for nurses and other caregivers.
Founded in 1910 by 13 benevolent women who had no children of their own, Childerguild was formed to benefit the obstetrics and pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital.
In the early years, Childerguild raised funds through private donations and by hosting card parties. The members took a hands-on approach to this organization by sewing layettes and clown dolls for the pediatric patients at Silver Cross.
During the war years, members knitted sweaters for the military and gave financial support to the American Red Cross, Navy League and the Salvation Army. As ardent supporters of the children in our community, Childerguild also made contributions to the Herald News free milk fund and the local community chest.
Today, Childerguild raises funds for women and children services by hosting their annual Ball, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, and by operating the hospital’s gift shop.
The Childerguild Gift Shop is open seven days a week and is located in the main lobby at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Customers are offered many unique items including jewelry, handbags, fresh flowers, cards, toys, books and baby clothes, among other items. For more information, call (815) 300-7117.
In addition to the check presentation, at the annual meeting, the organization installed new officers. They include: President Barb Steffes (Lockport resident); Vice President Pam Resutko (New Lenox resident); secretary Norma Thompson (Plainfield resident); event vice president Sheryl Chapman (Joliet resident); club treasurer Peggy Maruszak (New Lenox resident); and gift shop treasurer Lynda McShane (Minooka resident).