Part of being a member of the Exchange Club of Naperville is giving back to the community. The Community Service Committee devotes the months of November and December to the “Adopt a Family” program. Exchange Club members are provided with names from local agencies of families that would not be celebrating Christmas due to their financial situation. The Exchange Club “Elves” shop for their families with funding from the club to make sure their 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 on Thurs., Dec. 6, at LaSierra in Aurora.

The owner of LaSierra graciously donates the use of his banquet facility and cooks the meal that serves over 600 people. The Naperville Costco also donates bread and desserts.

Breaking Free, a local social service agency, invites the families for this annual event. The 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.

Our junior members also put together fun activities for the children and make sure that each child receives a present. This event is a way for the members of Junior Exchange to give back to the community. Donations are always welcome.

Firefighter Paramedic Billy Croft was recently named the Exchange Club of Naperville’s 2018 Firefighter of the Year. He will be honored at the Fri., Dec. 7, luncheon meeting.

The Exchange Club of Naperville meets on the first Friday and third Thursday of each month. All are welcome. Contact EmyTrotz@gmail.com for more information about the Exchange Club of Naperville or plan to attend a meeting. Happy holidays!