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Letter: Operation Santa Thank You

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On behalf of the Yorkville Junior Women’s Club , I would like to say “Thank You “ to everyone who participated in some way with our Clubs 21st year of Operation Santa Toy Drive .  

Our Partnership with the Kendall County Food Pantry is a close one and ensures that every child we help is truly in need . That being said we were able to provide almost 1300 children in Kendall County with Toys for Christmas that may have otherwise gone without.

The YJWC and the KCFP rely on the help and contributions of our Community every year to pull this program off ! 


Thank you to Maria Spaeth and her incredible Pantry volunteers that helped this year ! Thank you to Rick Tollefson and Brian Johnson with Boombah Inc . for finding room in their building for us !  

One day we hope to have our own space , but until then every year we rely on someone in the Community opening their warehouse or building to us . Thank you Boombah for being SO accommodating.

A special thank you to the schools, churches and businesses that collected toys , and for the groups of people that helped sort and bag toys for Distribution - Thank you to The Record, the Ledger-Sentinel, WSPY and the Yorkville and Oswego Patch’s for helping us spread the word. The Yorkville Congregational Church , Trinity United Methodist Church, Club 47, Hampton Inn and Suites, Nanette’s , Cub Scout Pack 350, Foxes 15U Travel Softball team, Cross Lutheran Church , New Song Comm Church –Aurora, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Walter and Connie Payton Foundation, Starbucks , Domino’s Pizza, Rosati’s Pizza, Papa John’s Pizza, Mike and Denise’s Pizza, Genoa Pizza, Yorkville Grade school, Yorkville Middle School, Bristol Grade School, Grande Reserve, Autumn Creek, Yorkville Intermediate School, Bristol Bay- all in Yorkville . Keiths Car Care, South Point , Prairie Point, Little White School Museum, Civic Center, Boulder Point , St. Anne’s Catholic Church , School District #308 all of Oswego, St Marys Catholic Church and the many Businesses working with Cheyanne Diaz and our Teen Operation Santa , Cadette Troop 4605, Ultimate Dance members- Cheyanne Diaz, Shayna Krotz, Lily Vasquez, Kristine Vasquez, Brownie Troop 29, The Burks Family , Jacob Burks, YHS Girls and Boys Basketball Team, YHS Boys and Girls Track Team , YHS Boys and Girls Soccer Team and all of their coaches, the Golden Girls and 2 Guys, The Madura Family, the Johnson family , The Herron Family, Mrs Joan Wedeen, Tandy Pinter ,Mackie and Cheryl Lee ,  The McCue family, American Legion Post 489 and to anyone that dropped a Toy off at any of the drop off locations.  

And to any of the Junior Members past or present that came and helped either at the Pantry or at our Distribution location . Thank you to all – I know that this is a busy time for students and families and we appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule to help with this. 


If I have missed anyone, I am sorry for the oversight, we really do rely on many people to help us with this Program and we could not do it with out any of you!

Thank You !

Teresa Wedeen
Operation Santa Chairperson

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