Kane County Coroner Partners With Christmas Cheer, Hesed House

Kane County Coroner Partners With Christmas Cheer, Hesed House

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell partnered again with the Christmas Cheer Foundation to help feed the needy in Kane County.

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell (left) delivers hams to Hesed House.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, logistics were adjusted to maintain commonsense safety while also serving those in need. This year, instead of hundreds of meals being delivered, the Kane County Coroner’s Office and Christmas Cheer Foundation collaborated with Caputo’s Fresh Markets to provide boneless hams in bulk, to the residents of Hesed House.

This year, Hesed House was able to accept more than 150 pounds of fully cooked hams, ready to be warmed and sliced.

“COVID has not allowed any of us to continue life as normal,” kane County Coroner Rob Russell said. “Although this is true, the need to assist those who lack proper food is still with us. I am so thankful that the Christmas Cheer Foundation has found ways to continue their mission. It may not be ideal, but it’s something.”

Christmas Cheer Foundation is an all-volunteer, 501c3 charity that has delivered prepared meals to Chicago-area hungry for more than 35 years. Thousands of meals have been delivered to people in Chicago and more than 45 suburbs.

Russell began delivering meals to Kane County’s hungry in 2018. After pausing due to the pandemic in 2020, this year (2021) marks the return of the Kane County mission.

Financial donations to support Christmas Cheer Foundation are always appreciated.

“Christmas is a time for giving,” Russell said. “My deputies and I deal with difficult circumstances throughout the year, situations that are not cheerful. This program allows us to help the community in a realm before they move on from this world. It also gives us an opportunity to renew our spirits, something that we need as well.”

SOURCE: Kane County Coroner’s Office news release