2018 December Impacts

Christmas Traditions and Sharing

As we have for the past several years, the Foundation was proud to organize donations from First Trust employees through the Foundation’s Giving Tree in both Wheaton and Austin. 


In Wheaton, two organizations benefitted from the generosity of First Trust employees: Family Shelter Service Cal’s Angels. Family Shelter Service based in Wheaton, works to transform lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence. The gifts collected for FSS were used for their Holiday Shoppe which enables mothers to select at least 4 gifts for each child – something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. Cal’s Angels based in St. Charles, IL, is a 501(c)(3) pediatric cancer foundation with a mission of granting wishes, raising awareness and funding research to help kids fighting cancer. The toys and gift cards collected for Cal’s Angels will be handed out to children and their siblings by Cal’s Angels at hospital parties hosted monthly at Lurie Children’s Hospital.


For the second year in a row in Austin, the Foundation helped organize a toy and gift drive for The SAFE Alliance. SAFE, which serves the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and advocacy for change, collected and distributed gift donations for over 480 families during the holiday season.


Located only a few miles from First Trust’s office, the DuPage Care Center seeks to provide quality long term care as well as short term rehabilitative services to DuPage County residents in a professional and cost-effective manner. This holiday season the Foundation “adopted” several seniors by providing them with gifts from their wish list including Chicago Cubs apparel, restaurant gift cards and blankets handmade for them by a friend of the Foundation. The gifts were wrapped, tagged and delivered in time for the DCC’s Holiday Party.


As part of a long-standing partnership with our local community, the Foundation was pleased to donate $2125 in department and grocery store gift cards to needy families of Milton Township.