For most kids, spring break is about escaping to a warm spot and hanging out with friends. Not for William Asmus and Hayley Fakouri of Burr Ridge.
These two Gower Middle School students spent their spring break brainstorming ways they could help those in need.
During a trip to Washington, D.C., with their families, the two lifelong friends couldn’t help but notice the people in need of help.
“We saw homeless people everywhere,” Hayley said.
So on the long trip home, William and Hayley starting thinking about what two middle school students, with little money and no ability to drive, could do. Months later, they came up with Burr Ridge Gives.
Launched in October, the initiative will focus on a different mission each month. To start things off, Hayley and William have placed food collection boxes at Gower Middle School, Gower West and at Burr Ridge Village Hall. All food donated will be given to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, to help families celebrate Thanksgiving.
Hayley and William plan to spread the word about their new venture by passing out fliers as they trick or treat.
“We’re going to bring a wagon along to collect donations,” Hayley said.
The food drive will continue until Nov. 15, when the focus will shift to collecting toys for the holidays.
William said Burr Ridge Gives offers an easy and convenient way for his neighbors to help. The monthly missions also will help to spread the word about the many organizations dedicated to filling the community’s needs.
William and Hayley said they are humbled to learn of the number of organizations that exist to help those in need, and proud to help support 12 of them each year.
Visit sites.google.com/site/burrridgegives/for links to the monthly missions and information about the organization’s founders.