Proviso Township Seeking Supplies, Letters To Send To Troops Abroad

Friday, April 13, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Troops stocking a truck with donations. | Operation Care Package 

The Proviso Public Partnership, in collaboration with various community entities and individual residents, is collecting letters, food and personal items to send to troop stationed abroad.

This is the fourth year of the partnership, which sends the donation to Operation Care Package, a nonprofit organization based in Manhattan, Ill. that packages donations and ships them overseas.

“The community has really stepped up over the years to show their support,” said Mike Corrigan, the Proviso Township supervisor and  president of the Proviso Public Partnership.

“We want to get the packages shipped out by Memorial Day to show the troops that we are thinking of them,” Corrigan added.

In a recent statement, partnership members said that area residents should let friends and family members stationed overseas know about the effort in order to ensure that those troops receive care packages.

“Proviso residents are also encouraged to write letters to troops,” the statement reads. “The letters will be included in care packages.”

Corrigian said that it “means a lot for troops to get a package with a letter from the neighborhood,” which is a “small way to show that we appreciate their service and that their community at home is thinking of them.”

The partnership wants community groups, including schools, churches, libraries, residents and businesses, to drop off one or two items at the locations listed below.

“The care packages assembled by these donated items will be sent wherever they are needed throughout the world,” the partnership’s statement points out. “In addition to letters, food items and hygiene items, the PPP collects cash donations to pay for shipping costs. All proceeds go directly to Operation Care Package.”

Operation Care Package ships two types of care packages: a toiletry pack includes items like shampoo, toothpaste and playing cards while the food pack includes candy, granola, canned goods and nuts. Both packages include letters.

The Proviso partnership will be taking donations through the end of May.

Monetary donations are also welcomed through PayPal here. You can also mail donations to Proviso Public Partnership at 4565 West Harrison St. (third floor), Hillside.

For more info about the project, contact Kate Minella at the Proviso Public Partnership at (708) 240- 4435 or

Suggested items include:


  • Granola/Protein Bars
  • Beef Jerky
  • Summer Sausage
  • Beef Sticks
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Individual Drink Mix Packs
  • Trail Mix/Nuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Peanut Butter/Jelly (No glass jars)


  • Foot Powder
  • Anti-Fungal Cream
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Cream
  • Soap/Body Wash
  • Disposable Razors
  • Vitamins
  • Nail Clippers
  • Small Size Shampoos and Conditioners
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental floss
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun Block
  • Wet Wipes


  • Melrose Park Public Library | 801 N 19th Ave, Melrose Par
  • North Riverside Public Library | 2400 Desplaines Ave, North Riverside
  • Village of North Riverside | 2401 S. Des Plaines Ave., North Riversid
  • Northlake Public Library | 231 N Wolf Rd, Northlake
  • PAEC Center | 1000 Van Buren St, Maywood
  • PAEC Elementary School | 1636 S 10th Ave, Maywood
  • PAEC High School | 1000 Van Buren St. Maywood
  • Riverside Public Library | 1 Burling Rd, Riverside
  • Way Back Inn | 104 Oak St, Maywood
  • Village of Westchester | 10300 W. Roosevelt Rd. Westchester
  • Berkeley Library | 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley
  • Westchester Library | 10700 Canterbury St. Westchester
  • Bellwood Library | 600 Bohland Ave, Bellwood
  • Proviso Township  1st floor | 4565 W Harrison Street, Hillside
  • Broadview Public Library | 2226 S. 16th Ave., Broadview

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