Members of the Delavan-Darien High School boys basketball team show off the Comet Care donation boxes prior to them being delivered to numerous locations throughout the community recently. From the left are: J.T. Greenwald, Sebastian Miller, Erik Cesarz, Burke Struck, Gavin Winkle, Josh Ziolkowski, David Flores, Kyle Janssen and Colin Terpstra. (Submitted photo)

Items donated throughout community go to local families

By Michael Hoey


The Delavan-Darien High School boys’ basketball program will be collecting items for the Comet Care Center at the high school until Feb. 23.

The Comet Care Center is a resource center for high school students who have essential needs for things like toiletries and clothing that their families cannot afford or are in short supply due to financial hardships. The school’s student services staff works with students to determine eligibility. All of the items in the center are donated by members of the community.

The entire boys’ basketball program works together in delivering collection boxes, sorting what is collected, and delivering the items to the Comet Care Center, according to coordinator Leigh Comas.

“The community was so generous last year,” Comas said.

She said items needed include things like: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, combs, hair ties, deodorant, body spray, feminine care products, Chapstick, calculators, padlocks for lockers, heavy-duty backpacks, laundry detergent, dish soap, garbage bags, paper plates, plastic utensils, Kleenex, and toilet paper.

Clothing items needed include new underwear, socks, sweatpants and winter hats and gloves. Gently used jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets and coats will also be accepted. Coats in sizes small to 3XL are very much in need at this time, she said.

Donation boxes are black with blue and gold decorations and are at the following locations: BMO Harris Bank, Darien Library, Delavan-Darien High School Commons area, Shopko and Town Bank.

Comas said the basketball program thanks those locations for agreeing to allow donation boxes to be placed there.



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