It goes without saying that this has been a very hard year for non-profit organizations. So many outreach centers have had to close their doors to those who need their help the most. And, annual in-person fundraisers have been cancelled, leaving these agencies in a tough spot. On this day dedicated to giving back–#GivingTuesday, consider making a charitable donation to one of the organizations I mention below. (I’ve mostly listed non profits local to the Chicago area that allow us to take care of our neighbors. If there are others that you’d like me to consider, feel free to message me.)

Adoptable Friends

Allendale Shelter Club

Beacon Place

Bernie’s Book Bank

Boys and Girls Club of Lake County

Brooks Strong Foundation

Camp Hope

Catholic Charities

Fill A Heart 4 Kids Note: Fill a Heart 4 Kids also has opened a pop-up shop in Market Square in Lake Forest so that you can build a holiday care package for a child in need. You can also stop in lululemon Market Square to pick a Fill A Heart 4 Kids ornament from their tree and return by December 16. All items should be returned unwrapped. lululemon also has trees at Lake Bluff’s Forest Greens Juice Bar and Quest Performance Training, Lake Forest’s Wellness Solutions, and Libertyille’s Singalila Gallery.

Lake County Haven: Note: lululemon Market Square has a collection box for Lake County Haven and is looking for donations of toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, Clorox wipes, and all-purpose cleaner. Gift cards are also highly appreciated from Target, Wal-Mart, Jewel, and Walgreens. lululemon also has collection boxes at Lake Bluff’s Forest Greens Juice Bar and Quest Performance Training, Lake Forest’s Wellness Solutions, and Libertyille’s Singalila Gallery.


Midwest Veteran’s Closet

Mother’s Trust Foundation

North Chicago Community Partners

PADS Lake County

Roberti Community House

Stepping Stones Network

The Red Cross

Also, please keep in mind donating to your church. While public masses are still limited these days, much of the church outreach is continuing and needs our financial support.

Additionally, public and civic non-profits are in need of funding as well. If you’re local to Lake Forest (where I live), here are a few that are top of mind:

Elawa Farm

Gorton Community Center

History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff History Museum

Lake Forest Preservation Foundation

Lake Forest Open Lands

Finally, there is a new holiday pop-up shop in the East Lake Forest Train Station benefitting local non-profits. Called Lake Forest Station, the shop introduces something new and exciting to the downtown shopping district for the holiday season and support many Lake Forest non-profits by providing a venue to raise their visibility and sell branded items. The pop-up also offers a collection of limited-edition Lake Forest merchandise as well as “Chamber Checks” from the Chamber of Commerce in denominations of $20, which come in an envelope with a Shopping & Dining Guide of where the checks can be redeemed. Lake Forest Station is open Thursday-Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m until January 9.

Happy #GivingTuesday!


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My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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