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MPD Helps Families with a Thanksgiving Meal

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Eric J. Guenther
Chief of Police
847-968-3775

For Immediate Release

Mundelein Police Department and Elly’s Pancake House Team Up to Help 40 Mundelein Families with Thanksgiving Meal

Mundelein, IL—11/22/17—The Mundelein Police Department and Elly’s Pancake House in Mundelein teamed up to provide 40 Mundelein families with a complete Thanksgiving meal.  The turkeys were donated be Elly’s and the side dishes were provided by Cadet Troop 7th Grade, Junior Troop 5th Grade, Brownie Troop 3rd Grade, Brownie Troop 2nd Grade, and the Mundelein After School Coalition (MASC). 

Families received their Thanksgiving turkeys and sides, Tuesday, November 21st.

“This is the 17th year that we have teamed up with Elly’s to help make the Thanksgiving holiday a little easier for some of our families in need.  None of this would be possible without the assistance of Elly’s.  It’s just a great feeling to give back to the community and help those who need it.  This is the part of my job that makes it all worth it,” said Eric Guenther, Mundelein Police Chief. 

The families who received the Thanksgiving meal are chosen through contacts developed through the police department, churches, and from Mundelein school districts that provide names of families who are struggling and might need a helping hand.

In addition to the turkeys donated by Elly’s, the MASC and the Freemont Township Girl Scouts collect additional items to make complete Thanksgiving dinners. Mundelein Police Officers, Rachel Messina and Anastasios Koumantos coordinated all of the logistics with the two groups to package the dinners and deliver the food to those in need.

“We’re very grateful that Elly’s approached us years ago to help start this community program.  They were looking for a way to give back to the community and this program reflects that commitment,” Guenther concluded.

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