Part of being a member of the Exchange Club of Naperville is giving back to the community. The Community Service Committee devotes the month of November and December with the “Adopt a Family” program. Names are given to members from local agencies of families that otherwise would not be celebrating Christmas due to their financial situation. The Exchange Club “Elves” then shop with funding from the club to make sure the families’ wishes do come true.

Also in December the Junior Exchange Club, with the help of Exchangite Roz Morris and others, host the annual Breaking Free Christmas Dinner. This year it’s on Thurs., Dec. 7, at LaSierra in Aurora.

The owner of LaSierra graciously donates the use of his banquet facility and cooks the meal to serve more than 600 people. The Naperville Costco also donates bread and desserts.

Breaking Free, a local social service agency, invites the families for this annual event. Members of the Junior Exchange Club work all year in preparation for this feast. They raise funds at Ribfest by selling glow sticks and other novelty items. The members also put together fun activities for the children and make sure that each child receives a present. This is a way for the members of Junior Exchange to give back to the community. Donations are always welcome. Please contact me at the email below if you would like to contribute to this worthwhile event.

The Exchange Club of Naperville meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Contact me at for more information about the Exchange Club of Naperville or to attend a meeting.

Seasons greetings to all!