Orland Park Announces Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Orland Park Announces Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Village of Orland Park Announces Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

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The Village of Orland Park, Illinois is collecting to help Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey with its Orland Park Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort.

Three village facilities have been designated to accept donations from area residents including Orland Park’s Frederick T. Owens Village Hall at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue; the village’s Sportsplex at 11351 West 159th Street; and the Orland Park Health and Fitness Center at 15430 West Avenue.

The village is not collecting clothing and asks residents to donate new baby items including unopened baby food, toiletries, wipes, new blankets, diapers and formula. Other items requested include batteries, battery operated lights, new blankets, bottled water, first aid supplies, flashlights, non-perishable/non-expired food, paper products and personal hygiene products.

Pet supplies being collected include bowls, pet food and leashes. Orland Park is also collecting ready to eat food items like individual servings of apple sauce, fruit cups, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc. Sports drinks are also being accepted.

Orland Park’s village hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The village’s Sportsplex is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Orland Park Health and Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All donations must be new and unopened. Those wanting to make monetary donations are encouraged to donate to the charities of their choice.

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