American Legion Post 1941 holds toy and coat drives in La Grange

LA GRANGE, Ill. – Residents of the western suburbs showed their gratitude on Saturday by giving back.

For the second year in a row, the American Legion Post 1941, located at 900 S. La Grange Rd., Made it easy for people to drop off holiday gifts via a drive-thru.

The gathering on Saturday partnered with Toys For Tots and the Salvation Army for toys and coats.

Amy Morrone and her family made a donation after seeing Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus leave along La Grange Road.

“We were actually just about to drive by and we saw the event going on so we went home and snatched all our stuff that came here and just really happy that we can donate,” she said.

Morrone said after caring for her two-year-old Eleni, who was born with kidney failure – she really understands the importance of taking care of others.

“She was on dialysis from the moment she was born, and when she was 18 months old, she got a kidney from my sister, and so since then she’s been more of a healthy, normal child,” Morrone said.

The goal of the American Legion was to collect at least 1,000 toys and 200 coats. Donations will be collected during the week.

Captain Toma Valladares, with the Salvation Army, said the need for warm coats is critical.

“Every year we have people coming into our building and asking for the coats because they do not have the resources to get coats, so that is very important,” he said.

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