24 BPS101 students recently had the chance to “Shop With a Cop” (or Batavia firefighter) at the Walmart Batavia - N Randall Rd. The annual "Shop With a Cop" event is organized by Batavia Police Officer Chris Potthoff and Chip In Batavia to help families in need with holiday gifts. The students were paired up with a Batavia police officer or Batavia firefighter to help them select gifts for themselves and family members. The gifts were then wrapped by volunteers at "check out." Anne Rudd organized all the volunteers and all wrapping materials to wrap every gift and label them, too! Also during the event, families were treated to cookies and juice, compliments of Walmart. The event was a big success and created special memories for these BPS101 students and their families. Thank you Batavia Police Illinois, Batavia Fire Department, the great volunteers and Walmart.
Together with St. Vincent de Paul, ReHome Center, Abbey Farms, Furniture Dollies, many donations, volunteers, 3 Batavia football players, Batavia United Way Adopt a Family, and our awesome community, we helped move a family out of a motel and into their own home. We are thrilled to see them start new adventures in their own home.
Batavia High School and Aurora University graduate Jackie Rakers just made the holidays extra special for five BPS101 families.
Jackie worked with Boy Scout Troop 12 to get Christmas trees to five BPS101 families in need. Additionally, Jackie coordinated with local vendors and individual donors to make sure each family had a tree stand, tree skirt, lights, ornaments, several gifts for under the tree, and gift cards from ALDI.
Thank you to the donors: Batavia Bulldog Plumbing, BEI, West DuPage Cabinets and Granite, Boyce Body Werks and ALDI!
Thank you Jackie, for putting this all together to brighten five homes in our community this holiday season.
Johnni Zabka, from Spirit Corner, has kindly donated over $1500 worth of spirit wear and PE shirts to CHIP IN! From hoodies, to short and love sleeve shirts, glitter t-shirts for little girls, and everything in between. Thank you so very much Johnni, for donating year after year. Please visit SpiritCorner whenever you want spirit wear, team apparel, camp wear or clothes with bling! They have it all. www.spiritcorner.com
The Batavia Bicycle Commission works with several groups to distribute donated bicycles to local students and families in need. We also help other local service agencies, such as Lazarus House. CHIP IN and The Batavia Rotary Club donated money in 2015, and Batavia Rotary Club donated $1,000 again in 2018, to get the progam started and to purchase needed bike parts and locks. The funds went toward the cost of inspections and repairs to get the donated bikes in working order and into the hands of the students/families. The Commission works with CHIP IN Batavia to identify students/families with input from BPS principals, counselors and staff. All Spoked Up is the drop off point for donated bikes. They inspect, repair and fit each bike to its intended recipient. Many local organziations such as the Batavia Woman's Club, Immanuel Lutheran Church and CHIP IN Batavia have helped to get the word out about the need for donated bikes. Please contact the Batavia Bicycle Commission or CHIP IN Batavia with any questions. They would love any donations of bikes in rideable condition, helmets and locks. We also take training wheels, and bikes for special needs. Thank you to Delnor Hospital for donating helmets in all sizes.
So far the Bikes for Batavia prgram has distributed over 300 bikes to BPS101 students and adults whose only transportation to work is a bicycle We have worked with St. Vincent de Paul, Lazarus House and ReHome Center to give bikes to people in other towns. If we get bikes that can not be fixed, we donate them to Working Bikes in Chicago, who fix/build bikes to send around the world to underdeveloped countries.
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