As the world continues to feel changed around us, one thing that has not changed is the desire to gather in community, to support one another, and to share in a spirit of generosity.
Like so many things this year, the annual Thanksgiving Drive is adapting! While it is disappointing that we are unable to collect our usual 500+ physical baskets, we maintain our pledge to our Loyola community and to the local community to be innovative and generous this holiday season. Let’s gather our energy and resources to support those most in need.
Adapting the Thanksgiving Drive will look a little something like this:
The Thanksgiving basket collection and distribution is a beautiful time of gathering in the atrium, surrounded by baskets and well-wishes...and many people. While this year’s Thanksgiving Drive is not the usual gathering and community feel we have grown to appreciate over the decades, we do respect the need to keep the community safe by not gathering in the same way, respecting the inability to welcome visitors into the Loyola buildings, and maintaining 25% occupancy for staff, faculty, and students.
We will do our very best to meet the needs of our community site partners, employees who work directly for or in contracted services through Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago, and individual requests from the community.
Thank you for your willingness to enter into these times with us; thank you for your continued generosity and flexibility.
We welcome your donation of one or more gift cards, preferably in the denominations of $10, $25, or $50 to Jewel, Target, Aldi, or Walmart, as these are the most readily accessed grocery stores in the area. *We are not able to accept cash at this time.*
Electronic gift cards will be accepted. If you wish to donate an e-gift card, please send to the Ministry team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your first and last name, email address, and organization/department (if applicable) either in the e-gift card's note section or in a follow-up email.
We will collect gift cards in the Spiritual Care and Education office, located in the Lower Level of the hospital, Room 0384, located next to the Chapel, directly under the gift shop. This area is most easily accessed through the East Elevators, next to the gift shop and the pharmacy. The office is open 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Administrative Secretary Victoria Smith-Wilcox will be present to receive your donation. She can be reached at 708-216-9056.
Interoffice mail can also be utilized to transport gift cards to Spiritual Care and Education from ambulatory sites. Please deliver your gift cards to the Spiritual Care and Education Department between now and Monday, November 16.
Please complete this form to pledge a gift card donation. Completion of this form is not mandatory, but if you have a sense of your personal or departmental capacity for contribution, completing this form will help us stay in touch with you and assist us in planning. This information is not binding.
As in previous years, we hope to support as many families and individuals as possible. As we are unsure the extent to which we will be able to provide assistance, we will begin distribution of gift cards through our community partner organizations and with those who work directly for or in contracted services through Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago.
While we welcome requests for assistance through the Thanksgiving Drive from the entire community as in years past, we are unsure of the degree to which we will be able to support. If we are able to fulfill individual requests for support in the community, you will receive a phone call by Monday, November 23. Please complete this form to request assistance through the Thanksgiving Drive. Gift cards will be distributed according to date on which the request was received.
We invite you to join us for our annual Multifaith Prayer Service on Thursday, November 19 at 12 noon. All are welcome. The prayer service will be held virtually and can be accessed here (link coming soon). We will pray for those gathered, for loved ones, for our community, for our nation, for our world.