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Edgewater Launches Donation Drive To Help South, West Side Neighbors Clean Up Following Unrest

A donation drive on Wednesday will collect food and cleaning supplies for neighbors on the South and West sides.

Members of the Ismaili Council for the Midwest dropped off 1,000 homemade masks to 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman (red hat).
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EDGEWATER — Far North Side neighbors can help West Side residents clean up after days of unrest through a donation drive being held in Edgewater on Wednesday.

From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Ald. Harry Osterman’s 48th Ward office will be outside the fire station at 6030 N. Clark St. to collect items to donate to cleanup and relief efforts. The alderman’s office is accepting unused personal protective equipment, food, hygiene products, cleaning supplies and diapers.

The donated goods will be delivered to the office of Ald. Emma Mitts (37th), who is helping to coordinate cleanup efforts in West Garfield Park and Austin. Osterman will also donate some face masks he has collected through previous donation drives held in Edgewater.

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Neighbors clean up in West Garfield Park on Monday.

The donation effort is being coordinated after numerous residents reached out to the ward office seeking for ways to help, Osterman said in an email to constituents. The Far North Side has not seen nearly the same amount of property damage as other areas, so this is a way to help where it’s needed, he said.

“While we have seen some damage in our ward, fortunately our community has not had any significant damage, unlike neighborhoods on the South and West sides,” Osterman said in the email. “It has been devastating for me to hear from my colleagues on the South and West sides who have seen widespread destruction in their communities.”

The donation drive will also seek monetary donations for St. Columbanus Parish Food Pantry in Park Manor. Checks can be dropped off at the collection, or donations can be made online.

Osterman’s office is also asking neighbors to consider donating to By The Hand, an after-school organization that serves over 1,600 kids on the on the South and West Sides. Here’s how to donate online.

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