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

The Mundelein Police Department and Elly’s Pancake House have teamed up to provide 40 Mundelein families with a complete Thanksgiving meal. Families will receive their Thanksgiving turkeys and sides on November 20 just prior to Thanksgiving.

The turkeys were donated by Elly’s and the side dishes were provided by Girl Scout Daisy Troop 45730, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 45193, Girl Scout Cadet Troop 40310, Mundelein mother/daughter book club, Mundelein Home Depot, Mundelein Latino Citizen’s Police Academy, and the Mundelein After School Coalition (MASC). Elly’s also generously donated 40 turkeys to the Fremont Township food pantry to assist additional families in need.

“This is the 18th 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 one aspect of my job that is particularly rewarding,” 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.

Mundelein Police Officers, Rachel Messina and Anastasios Koumantos coordinated all of the logistics with the 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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