WINGS drive

19th Ward Ald. Matt O'Shea and aldermanic aide Kelly Sweeney with items donated to support WINGS, a non-profit that supports victims of domestic violence. Donations may be dropped off through Dec. 15. (Review photo)

19th Ward officials are partnering with two domestic violence awareness organizations to host a collection drive of clothing, jewelry and handbags that will be donated to those in need.

According to 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, the drive will support WINGS, a Chicago-area non-profit of which he is a board member, and A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND).

The drive continues through Dec. 15, and items can be dropped off at the 19th Ward Office, 10400 S. Western Ave., or the 19th Ward Mt. Greenwood service office, 3207 W. 111th St.

WINGS will receive the donations for its retail shops, with proceeds also going to AND.

O’Shea has been a board member at WINGS since earlier this year and said the holiday season is the perfect opportunity for local residents to support the charity.

“I think each and every one of us is touched by domestic violence,” O’Shea said. “We have family, a friend, a neighbor, someone who’s experienced it. It’s a cause that’s very important to me, and I’m honored to be part of it.”

Donations of clothing are sought for children or adults, officials said, and items should be in good condition.

O’Shea increased his involvement with WINGS after joining the steering committee for “Chicago Says No More,” a campaign to end domestic violence.

WINGS, founded in 1985 and based in Chicago and suburban Palatine, provides emergency safe shelter and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence. It also operates resale shops to raise funds for its operations.

O’Shea said he has visited WING locations and seen up-close the positive impact of its work.

AND was founded in 2011 and provides counseling and education to families affected by domestic violence.

O’Shea attended AND’s annual fundraiser in late October at Ridge Country Club, and he commended the organization’s efforts.

“The work they do here in the community for families in crisis, we’re just lucky to have them here,” O’Shea said. “I’m happy to be a partner with them on this to help other families in crisis in other communities.”

The collection drive began Nov. 15, and O’Shea said the donations will help WINGS in its mission to help others.

“I just think it’s important, especially as we head into the holiday season—it’s a season of giving—that we support an organization like this.”

Items can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 19th Ward Office, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mt. Greenwood office.

For more information, email O’Shea at mattoshea@the19thward.com.