Dear friend,


I’m proud to partner with 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, and Care for Real to host a school supply drive for the 48th Ward this Tuesday, Aug. 4.


From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will be collecting supplies in the parking lot of St. Ita Catholic Church at 5500 N. Broadway. This drive is for one day only, with low-contact social distancing guidelines for your safety.


Donated supplies will go directly to Care for Real, whose team will sort and pack them into kits for distribution to local families. I encourage you to help out local families as they prepare for the new school year.


Suggested items for donation include:

- Pencils and pens

- Pencil sharpeners

- Erasers

- Spiral and composition notebooks

- Crayons, markers, scissors, glue, and other arts & crafts supplies

- Pocket folders

- Calculators

- Headphones with microphones

- Hand sanitizer

- Washable, reusable masks

- Backpacks


I hope you’ll donate and help a family start the school year! You can follow this event on Facebook here.



Heather A. Steans
State Senator, 7th Illinois Senate District


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