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“Wilmette Village rallies to support incoming migrants, prompting expansion of donation drive”

In response to overwhelming donations, the Village of Wilmette is streamlining a drive to help migrants transported to the world.

The Village began an impromptu winter-clothing drive to support migrants by placing donation boxes contained in the town’s Metra station, 722 Green Bay Road. It didn’t take long for community members to reply.

“The response is incredible,” Village Manager Mike Braiman said. “The station is filled wall to wall with donations inside a few days.”

In a message to the community, the Village thanked community volunteers for organizing the donations and preparing them for 2 busloads of asylum seekers. The message also says excess donations got to agencies charged with supporting migrants in Chicago.

Moving forward, the Village is asking residents to bring donations on Wednesdays only and is expanding the requested items to incorporate hygiene products and college supplies.

Braiman said the Village hopes to maintain significant donations readily available to support any migrants who arrive at Wilmette’s Metra station, while any donations in excess of that shall be delivered to Chicago.

The drop-off site stays the Metra station and shall be available from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, and the village is asking residents to prepare all items into bags and label them in accordance with their type, equivalent to “Men’s XL coats” or “Children’s gloves,” it says in a village media release.

Except for seasonally appropriate clothing, the drive can be collecting diapers, maxi pads, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, soap and deodorant.

An unscheduled bus of migrants arrives in Wilmette in January. | PHOTO SUBMITTED

Migrant buses have arrived in Wilmette on at the least two recent dates. On Dec. 31, three buses were rerouted to Chicago; nevertheless, on Jan. 4, two bus drivers reportedly refused to maneuver on to Chicago and dropped passengers off on the Village’s Metra station.

Unlike its neighbors Winnetka, Highland Park and Glencoe, Wilmette has not introduced latest policies to control unscheduled bus stops.

The Village can be asking residents to contemplate dropping off items at one among the partner organizations, equivalent to Immanuel Luthern Church in Evanston.

To donate winter clothing and other items needed by migrants, donations shall be accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Immanuel Lutheran, 616 Lake St., in Evanston.

The church is accepting latest or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, socks, latest underwear, sports bras, long underwear, jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts, snowpants, children’s gloves, full-size toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, diapers and maxi pads.

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