JOLIET — Will County Circuit Clerk Pam McGuire is delighted with the response of her office clerks, taking care of staff.
“In this tough economic time, everyone is struggling, some more than others,” McGuire said.
For the past several years, the Circuit Clerk’s Office has participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, buying gifts, helping to make the holidays brighter for children in the Joliet area.
“This year, we started a Peer Angel Program within the office to help some of the clerks that are suffering financial hardships,” McGuire explained.
The program was structured on an anonymous, volunteer basis.
Parents with children under the age of 13 were asked to fill out the Angel ornaments with their children’s sexes and ages, along with their gift wishes and clothing sizes.
The ornaments were then hung on the tree for office personnel to choose and buy the gifts requested.
“The office held several fundraisers leading up to the holidays and we were able to do some amazing things,” McGuire said. “Each of the five families received not only the gifts for their children, but a gift card for groceries and one for a retail store. Also each mom got a gift card to treat herself to lunch.”
“Because of the great response from the whole office staff,” McGuire continued, “we were able to identify eight additional families that needed some help, but had not asked. They also received the gift cards for food, shopping and lunch.
“The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect and be thankful for all that we have and to be able to share with those who don’t have quite as much. I am proud of my office staff for their caring and sharing during the holidays.”