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Farnham sponsors annual winter coat drive

The Dutch culture holiday display Touching Traditions includes wooden shoes chestnuts holiday oranges as displayed previous holiday event ElgPublic Museum.

The Dutch culture holiday display in Touching on Traditions includes wooden shoes, chestnuts and holiday oranges as displayed in a previous holiday event at the Elgin Public Museum. | Sun-Times Media file photo

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Updated: January 11, 2013 6:08AM

Elgin: Farnham sponsors
Winter Clothing Drive

State Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) announced he is hosting his Annual Winter Clothing Drive during the month of December with several community drop-off locations for residents to donate used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots that will then be given to the Salvation Army to help local families in need. Winter clothing can be donated at the following locations through the month of December:

Rep. Farnham’s Constituent Service Office, 164 Division Street, Suite 505, Elgin

Taylor Family Branch YMCA, 50 N. McLean Boulevard, Elgin

Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin

Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Street, Elgin

Village of Carpentersville, 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive, Carpentersville

The Centre, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin

In addition to the drop-off locations, residential pickups will also be available. Items accepted are new or gently used children and adult sized coats, hats, gloves, boots, and scarves.

For more information or to schedule a residential pick up, please contact Farnham’s constituent service office at (847) 841-7130 or by email at

Elgin: Touch on Traditions at
Public Museum

People from around the world who have made their homes in the Elgin area have brought with them a variety of beliefs and traditions. This variety has given the Elgin community a rich diversity which is now part of our cultural heritage.

Start a meaningful winter holiday tradition with your family by visiting the Elgin Public Museum’s authentic and culturally-inclusive winter holiday exhibition, which features displays and objects of traditional holiday significance from 62 displays. Utilize the International Gift Shop for unique holiday presents. Admission is only $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 3-11 years of age.

Touching on Traditions continues Saturday and Sunday and will be open daily beginning Dec. 22 through the end of the month. General hours are noon to 4 p.m. Hours will be shortened on Dec. 24 and 31 to noon to 3 p.m. The Museum will be closed Dec. 25. Touching on Traditions will be at the Museum Building located in Elgin’s Lords Park at 225 Grand Blvd. For more information on these and other programs, visit the website:

On Friday, Dec. 14, the Elgin Public Museum will host A Night with Traditions from 6 to 8 p.m. In place of Family Science Night, enjoy the stories, crafts and foods of different winter holidays highlighted in this interactive, drop-in program. The cost is $2 per person and no reservations are required.

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