In a matching fund challenge, the Stack Family Foundation invites local residents and businesses to financially support the area families chosen by Christmas Without Cancer (CWC) this holiday season.
According to Renee Copeland, CWC vice president, the challenge will enable the group to continue its mission.
“The timing of this generous initiative by the Stack Family Foundation could not come at a better time,” said Copeland. “We’ve been overwhelmed with requests to help families locally faced with cancer and extraordinary bills to pay.”
The Stack Family Foundation approached CWC Founder Gerri Neylon a few years ago and declined any recognition for its support, but it presented a sizable donation that helped the grassroots organization meet a mounting demand.
“We will match the community, which means we will respond generously to community members’ support of their own,” said a Stack Family Foundation trustee. “We’ve thought from the beginning that the charm of Christmas Without Cancer is found in neighbors helping neighbers, whether they know them or not.”
The Beverly Review will publish advertisements that will recognize the local donations that “will be matched dollar for dollar” until a check is presented in December by the Stack Family Foundation.
Supporters can identify themselves, a loved one they are memorializing or remain anonymous in their gift giving. The advertisement will recognize various levels of giving, which include $100, $250, $500 and $1,000. Donations of any size are welcome and will be acknowledged on the CWC Facebook page.
Since 2003, CWC has identified and adopted multiple families in late fall and, by Christmas season, supplied them with presents and gift cards for groceries, medications, gas and other essentials.
In recent years, CWC has grown tremendously, allowing it to help families year round. While all the volunteers are local residents, many come from the healthcare field or have chosen to pay back for their own families who were helped by CWC.
The roots of the Stack Family Foundation are in Chicago, and all of the organizations supported are in the city or the surrounding area.
In giving locally, the trustees said, each contribution the foundation makes creates a significant impact. It also allows them to witness that impact firsthand.
Neylon expressed gratitude to the community.
“CWC appreciates your support,” she said, “and thanks you for sharing in our mission of helping local families.”
To donate, visit the CWC website, its Facebook page or mail a check payable to CWC, P.O. Box 628, Oak Lawn, IL 60454.