2018 November Impacts

Thanksgiving Traditions

This Thanksgiving the Foundation was proud to work with the employees of First Trust to create and donate a total of 84 dinner baskets (46 in Wheaton and 38 in Austin) containing the ingredients to make a variety of Thanksgiving dishes including mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberry relish.  In addition, each basket also contained a gift card for use in purchasing a turkey and other perishable items. The following organizations were the recipients of the baskets this year:

  • Tri-City Family Services provides quality, affordable counseling, youth crisis intervention, prevention and early intervention services that promote sound mental health and effective family functioning

  • Senior Home Sharing offers seniors with limited incomes a residential housing option resembling homes they have lived in for decades.

  • Jubilee Village is a transitional and independent, supportive housing program for single, formerly homeless mothers, serving women between the ages of 18 and 24 and their children.

  • Wayne Township provides help for those in need, including financial and medical assistance, food pantry, clothes closet, and more to residents in Bartlett, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Wayne, West Chicago and St. Charles.

  • Random Acts Matter is organized for the purpose of raising funds to provide random acts of compassion and care on a referral basis via a network of community helping community.

  • Saint Louise House provides deeply affordable and supportive housing for low income homeless women and their children with the goal of helping families develop long-term stability

  • The Foundation also donated 60 turkeys to Milton Township which serves the cities of Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, plus portions of Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Glendale Heights, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, and Winfield, representing a population of over 118,000.

  • To assist in providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need, the Foundation donated 110 $25 gift cards to DuPage Pads, the largest provider of interim and permanent housing, coupled with support services in order to help individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient.


  • $1534.05 was donated to Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation to help provide support for those fighting and recovering from the largest wildfire in California history.