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40+ Boxes Donated From EPCHS As Part Of St. Bernadette’s Ukraine Supply Drive

EVERGREEN PARK, IL – A united community effort to help the Ukrainian refugees took another step forward on Wednesday when a truck full of donations was loaded outside St. Bernadette Catholic Church on Francisco Avenue in Evergreen Park.

St. Bernadette parishioners were joined by community members, Evergreen Park firefighters, student-athletes from Saint Xavier University and Brother Rice High School and others in loading boxes full of supplies onto the truck.

The donations were accepted at several community locations, including Evergreen Park Community High School. EPCHS Service Club faculty sponsor Eileen Durkin estimates that more than 40 boxes of supplies were gathered at the school.

“This was a combined effort of Service Club, National Honor Society, Student Leadership and community donations,” Durkin said.

New toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs and brushes, children’s underwear, socks, disposable razors, blankets, diapers, baby formula, shampoo and bars of soap were among the most common items donated.

In addition to a spot at the main entrance for community donations, donation bins were posted at EPCHS’ Leadership Lock-In and National Honor Society Talent Show events as well.

Father Benedykt Pazdan, pastor of St. Bernadette, said he is grateful to have EPCHS and other schools and organizations partnering on the supply drive.

The truck left Evergreen Park for Aurora Wednesday morning. The items on board will eventually make their way to the Poland/Ukraine border to help Ukrainian refugees.