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Lisa Fisher Named a Brawny Giant!

(July 3, 2020) ATC founder Lisa Fisher has been named a “giant” by the folks who make Brawny paper towels, a division of Georgia Pacific. The Brawny Giants Initiative recognizes and provides support to individuals across the country who are going out of their way to help others. Lisa was nominated by Lisa Olson Gunther and subsequently chosen by Brawny to be a Community Giant.

Brawny will be donating $2,500 and 240 rolls of paper towels to the ATC. This donation is especially appreciated as this year’s benefit golf tournament has been cancelled.

We hope to have more about the Brawny award posted here in the near future! Once again, congratulations to Lisa Fisher for her well-deserved recognition!


2020 Limerick Lounge Food Drive Photos

(June 29, 2020) The Limerick Lounge drive-thru food drive held on Sunday, June 28 was a big success. ATC volunteers were able fill FOUR vehicles full of food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies that will be distributed to area families and individuals needing a little boost. The ATC is grateful to everyone who dropped off items.

To see photos taken at the event, click on the “Photos” selection in the menubar above or click this link. We hope to see you all at the next ATC event!


For the Third Year Running (in Socks), Bombas Is There!

(June 12, 2020) World-renowned maker of socks, Bombas, has come through big time for the Antioch Traveling Closet for the third year in a row, according to ATC founder Lisa Fisher. The New York-based company has donated 3,250 pairs of their socks to us so that we, in turn, can give the feet of our area’s needy some joy.

The company was founded on the principle that they will donate one pair of their socks to charitable organizations for each pair they sell. As of this post, Bombas had donated almost 39 million pairs of socks to the needy and the amount continues to grow.

The company’s name derives from the Latin word for “bumblebee.” As stated on the Bombas website:

“Bees live in a hive and work together to make their world a better place. They’re small, but their combined actions have a big impact on the world. We like that. That’s why our mantra is ‘bee better.'”

The ATC extends a sincere “thank you” once again to Bombas in helping us achieve our mutual goal of helping the needy—two feet at a time.


Limerick Lounge Jumps on the ATC Food Drive Bandwagon

(June 6, 2020) The Limerick Lounge has announced they will be holding a drive-thru food donation dropoff event at their establishment, 912 Toft Ave., in Antioch on Sunday, June 28. See the details below.


Edward Jones Announces Summer Food Drive for the ATC

(June 4, 2020) Financial Advisor Kira Cole has announced that the Edward Jones office in Antioch will be sponsoring a Food Drive for the Antioch Traveling Closet. The ATC will be delivering food items and toiletries to 60 local families each week throughout the summer.

The contact-free dropoff box will be outside of the Edward Jones office at 921 Main St. (across the street from The Vegas Cafe), from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday thru Friday this summer.

For a list of needed non-perishable items or for related questions, please call the office (847)-603-1017 and Maria would be happy to let you know what those items are.

Cole added, “A special ‘thank you’ goes out to a friend for the collection box and to Randy at Impressions Count for making the box look great with the Antioch Traveling Closet logo.”


An ATC Update from Lisa Fisher

(May 20, 2020) For the past 6 years the Antioch Traveling Closet Corporation NFP (ATC), a 501(c)(3) organization, has been collecting clothing, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, and cleaning supplies for local struggling families.

We have three giveaways annually at which those in need can select from the above mentioned items at no charge. Hairstylists are on site to give haircuts to anyone wishing to have one. The ATC has served 350-400 people from Lake, McHenry, Kenosha, and Cook counties at each giveaway.

During the course of the academic year, local area schools have contacted the ATC numerous times requesting clothing, school supplies, and/or food for their students. However, since the pandemic started, the ATC has switched its focus from collecting clothing to concentrating only on non-perishable food items and toiletries for families in Antioch’s District 34.

Each week the ATC has able to deliver two bags filled with food and toiletries to over 60 families in the district. Subdivisions in Antioch have also held collections to ensure these families are being fed. Also, District 34 teachers have eagerly offered their help in the distribution of the bags so they could once again see their students.

The ATC is entirely run through the generous voluntary donations of community members and local businesses. We do not receive any taxpayer dollars from the government. Our organization is 100% volunteer based. Our individual compensation comes in the form of the smiles and gratitude of those we help.

If you would like to help the ATC in their mission of helping those in need, please consider sending us a monetary, tax-deductible donation. It can be mailed to:

     Antioch Traveling Closet NFP
     PO Box 251
     Antioch, IL 60002

Donations can also be made through our PayPal account by clicking here.

If it takes a village, then I am so glad that Antioch is my village.


Antioch Grade Schools Make An ATC Video

(May 12, 2020) Students from the Antioch Upper Grade School and Emmons Elementary School teamed up to produce a combination slideshow/video with their thoughts on the Antioch Traveling Closet. Click the “Play” button below to view it!


On Food, Frisbees, Firefighters, and Frozen Chickens!

(May 4, 2020) From the Desk of Lisa Fisher — Thanks again to everyone who has donated food or made a monetary donation to help support our Antioch Students and their families every week.

Thank you so much to the members of the Antioch Fire Department for holding a collection amongst themselves. I was informed this morning because of what was collected we will be getting frozen chickens delivered for the next few weeks. If you know a member of the Antioch Fire Department, please thank them.

(above) Antioch firefighters display a few of the frozen chicken that will find a temporary home with the ATC befor being distributed to area needy families, and some of the food collected by the AFD, ready to be delivered. (below) A brief video of the ATC “warehouse,” with food items now replacing clothing.

ATC Temporarily Shifts Its Focus from Clothing to Food Collection


(April 24, 2020) Because of the current circumstances being imposed upon the citizens of Illinois, the ATC has had to temporarily suspend both its clothing Giveaway events and its clothing donation collection events.

As a result, we are changing our focus somewhat to include the collection of non-perishable food items which will be sorted, packed, and delivered to needy area families and individuals.

A list of the items we would most like to receive are listed below.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to make arrangements to donate any of the below items, please email Lisa Fisher by clicking this link.

To volunteer for the ATC, click here.

👉🏼 Following is a list of the food and non-perishable items of which we are in need:

* Pasta * Pasta Sauce (in plastic jars)
* Peanut Butter * Jelly, Jam, Preserves (in plastic jars)
* Soup * Noodles
* Bread * Cereal
* Oranges * Apples
* Fruit Cups * Juices and Juice Boxes
* Ramen and Flavored Noodles * Squeezable Apple Sauce
* Rice Products * Saltines
* Canned Goods (like Dinty Moore) * Macaroni and Cheese
* Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays * Hand Sanitizer and Face Masks
* Gift cards in increments of $20-$25 from merchants such as Aldi, Walmart, Piggly Wiggly, Meijers, Jewel, Dollar Stores, and local gas stations are also much appreciated.

Our thanks to everyone who lends a (sanitized) hand to the needy by lending a (sanitized) hand to the Antioch Traveling Closet!


JX Enterprises Makes a Generous Contribution to the ATC

(April 24, 2020) Generosity shown the Antioch Traveling Closet knows no bounds, or borders, as JX Enterprises of Hartland, Wisconsin was kind enough to make a donation of $1,425 to the ATC. We thank them for their support and their faith in the mission we have set for ourselves.


The Raymond Autogroup Helps the ATC With a “Giant” Donation

(April 19, 2020) The Antioch Traveling Closet thanks the folks at the Raymond Autogroup in Antioch for their generous donation (which took four people to carry) to our cause on Friday, April 17. They also donated 100 face masks to the ATC.


ATC Volunteers Prepare and Deliver Easter Packages

(April 11, 2020) Antioch Traveling Closet volunteers have been busy preparing for the holiday weekend. They packed Easter Food Boxes which WC Petty and AUGS staff delivered to Antioch-area students attending Grass Lake, Emmons, and District 34 schools.

We deeply appreciate all of the kind offers we’ve received over the past few months to donate clothing to the ATC. Since we are limited in our storage space and since we are thus far unable to hold out annual Spring Giveaway event, our closet runneth over! As a result, the ATC is not accepting any additional clothing donations at this point. We will be focusing on helping students that attend Antioch-area schools and their families.

Our sincere thanks go out to David Karczewski at Piggly Wiggly for donating a ham, to the mystery person at The Pig who left us a $100 donation, to Ashley at Something Sweet for donating candy for each food box, and to everyone that donated food, candy, toys, gift cards, or who gave a monetary donation. Lastly, we would like to give a big ATC Thank You to Cory Mazzuca Bowles and her boys for taking the reins on this giveaway.

Each of you who donated has helped these families have a great Easter holiday.

Finally, with funds left over from the donations we decided to get three additional hams for the Antioch Fire Department to have one at each of the stations so they, too, could enjoy Easter.

A Few Photos From the ATC Easter Holiday Preparations
(above) ATC Volunteers and donors make preparations for delivering some Easter joy to area students and their families.

SENIOR CITIZEN ASSISTANCE DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

(March 31, 2020) In light of the COVID-19 concerns, seven churches in the Antioch, Lake Villa, and Lindenhurst areas are joining together to offer free assistance to any seniors in this area who could use help with grocery shopping and/or picking up prescriptions.

Seniors may call any of the church numbers listed below and describe their need. The churches will then have someone in their congregation (congregant) contact them. The senior may give the congregant a list over the phone or the internet. The congregant will then do the shopping and deliver the items to the senior’s door. They will only enter the home if the senior is unable to transport the goods inside.

The senior will need to pay the congregant in cash or check for the exact amount of the items delivered (they will be given the original sales receipt with the amount listed). There will be no delivery charge and no tips will be accepted.

For prescription drugs, the senior will need to pay for the prescription over the phone or online and then authorize the congregant to pick it up.

For more information or to receive assistance, please call one of the following numbers:

If no one answers, please leave your name and number and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

Please pass this information on to any senior in our area who might have a need for the above services. Thank you and be safe!


Lisa Fisher Featured on WGN-TV News

(March 30, 2020) Lisa Fisher, founder and head of the Antioch Traveling Closet was featured today on WGN-TV news in a segment hosted by reporter Erin Ivory. The segment was entitled Deliveries From The Heart in which a number of ATC volunteers also appeared. The feature shows the volunteers packing bags full of food, toiletries, and other necessities which Lisa later hand delivered to needy area residents. The video can be seen below.

WGN-TV Feature “Deliveries From The Heart” With Lisa Fisher

Volunteers: The Heart of the ATC
(above) ATC volunteers selflessly gather at the Fisher compound to pack bags with an assortment of essential goods for distribution to area needy families trying to get through trying times.

ATC’S APRIL GIVEAWAY EVENT CANCELLED


The as-of-yet unscheduled ATC Springtime Giveaway event normally held in April has been cancelled. If conditions permit, the event may be rescheduled for later this spring and a time and date will be announced here.


NEXT TWO DONATION EVENTS CANCELLED


The ATC Donation Collection events scheduled for Sunday, March 29 and Sunday, April 4 at the Antioch Senior Center have been cancelled. We will list the dates for their rescheduling here.

The Antioch Traveling Closet is not accepting any clothing donations at this time but is accepting monetary donations through PayPal. These funds, in turn, are used to purchase food, toiletries, and other necessities for the area’s needy. We are always grateful for your support!


ATC Volunteers Make Sunday Deliveries To Those in Need
(above) Some of the bags delivered to area needy today during the nation’s current crisis.

(March 15, 2020) True to the organization’s purpose, Antioch Traveling Closet volunteers spent part of their Sunday delivering bags of food, toiletries, and other items to struggling families in the Antioch area.

Thanks to the businesses and individuals who donate these items and the volunteers who give of their own free time, deliveries like this are made possible.


WGN-TV Announces Remarkable Women Contest Winner

(March 7, 2020) UPDATE: Though Lisa was not selected as the winner of the regional 2020 Remarkable Woman Contest, the ATC has received a great deal of exposure across the WGN-TV viewing area and the number of volunteers and donations has taken a boost. For this, everyone associated with the ATC can be happy. Our congratulations again go out to Lisa and let’s hope the positive trend for our organization continues!
(March 6, 2020) UPDATE: WGN-TV will be making the much anticipated announcement today of who has been selected as the Chicagoland regional winner of the 2020 Remarkable Woman Contest. The decision will be made public on their 4:30 news program. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the name they announce is our own Lisa Fisher!


Lisa Fisher Named Finalist in WGN’s Remarkable Women Contest

(February 5, 2020) ATC founder and president Lisa Fisher has been nominated for WGN’s 2020 Remarkable Women Contest for the Chicago area! Additionally, Lisa has been named a finalist in the event for Chicagoland, one of only four women out of 300-plus other nominees to be so honored.

Here is the WGN-TV Feature on Remarkable Woman, Lisa Fisher!

Below is the WGN-TV Promotional Video About Lisa Fisher…


WGN news anchor Erin Ivory contacted Lisa three weeks ago to let her know of the double distinction. Ivory, along with a film crew, later visited the Antioch Senior Center, scene of the ATC giveaways, to interview Lisa, ATC treasurer Heather Lewis, and Tom Shaughnessy for a future TV broadcast.

Click this link to read the blurb about the Remarkable Women Contest as it initially appeared on the ATC website in December.

Here are some further contest details:

Lisa is competing against three other finalists in the Chicago regional portion of the contest. Each person will have a segment broadcast on a Tuesday in the month of February which will air during the 4:00pm and 6:00pm news. The winner will be announced in the first week of March, the start Women’s Month. The winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to appear on the Mel Robbins Show. If Lisa wins the Chicago-area contest she will compete against five other regional winners for a chance to win a cash prize.

Lisa’s WGN episode will air on Tuesday, February 11 and it will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, February 12, on both the morning and midday news. We’ll try to have video of her appearance available right here on the ATC website if you’re unable to view it on the broadcast dates!

Everyone connected with the ATC wishes Lisa the best in her quest for the title of the Most Remarkable Woman of 2020!


Brave the Shave at This Year’s Hair-“Razing” St. Baldrick Event!
Signup Before February 20 and Be Entered in the Walmart Gift Card Raffle


(January 30, 2020) The ATC wants to let you know that it’s that time of year again: St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” event returns February 26! Individuals, young and old, attending the event can volunteer to have their heads shaved by a team of hairdressers to show support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation with the goal that “TOGETHER WE CAN #DFYchildhoodCancers.”

The scene of the tonsorial event will once again be the W.C. Petty Elementary School, 850 Highview Dr., in Antioch on Wednesday, February 26, from 3:30pm-6:00pm.

To register, go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website, put “Antioch, IL” in the search box, and enter your information. Also, this year anyone registering before February 20 will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 Walmart gift card!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor-powered charitable organization that supports the most promising research in search of cures for childhood cancers. It is based in Monrovia, California. The head-shaving events not only raise money but shavees also promote awareness of the Foundation’s cause. Events are held throughout the year across the country.


UPDATED: ATC Announces Donation Drop-off Dates for Early 2020

(January 30, 2020) Additional Collection Dates: The ATC has announced the dates for the early-2020 Donation Collection events. They are:

  • Sunday, February 9
  • Saturday, February 29
  • Saturday, March 14 CANCELLED
  • Sunday, March 29 CANCELLED
  • Saturday, April 4 CANCELLED

New Collection Time: The collection times for all events will be from 9:00am until noon at the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbek Drive.

A variety of items are requested including slightly used clothing, school supplies, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. We ask that you label the boxes and bags containing your clothing donations by size and by gender. If you are donating underwear, it must be new and in its original, unopened packaging. Please ensure donated clothing and shoes are new or very slightly used and free of stains, damage, odors, and are less than seven years old.

NOTE: We are also looking for schools, churches, businesses, and organizations that would like to hold donation drives for the ATC. We need school supplies, toiletries, and household cleaners. We are a registered 501c3 organization if you need documentation for tax purposes.

You can view a PDF checklist of requested items by clicking here or on the above image.

If you have any questions, simply email Lisa Fisher. Thanks for your help and we hope to see you at the next ATC Donation Collection Event!


2019 Winter Giveaway Event Photos/Videos
(above) A few of the many ATC volunteers who made the December 15 Giveaway Event possible and the huge success it was.

(December 20, 2019) The 2019 Winter Giveaway Event was another success for our organization. Despite the doors opening to the public at 9:00am, residents began lining up as early as 7:30! Just before the doors opened, the line had stretched all the way to the Antioch Fire Station.

Almost 400 area residents attended, selecting from amongst the stacks of clothing and shoes. Each received a bag of toiletries and cleaning supplies, and had the opportunity to get a holiday haircut if they desired, all at no charge.

Click here or on the above images to see a few of the photos taken during the Winter Giveaway setup and actual event. Click below to play a short video of the event!

The ATC thanks all of our volunteers and donors who make our events possible.


Let’s All “Make Lisa Fisher Great Again!”

(December 18, 2019) WGN-TV is currently holding a “Remarkable Women” competition and there are few women more remarkable than our own Lisa Fisher, founder and president of the ATC.

International Women’s Month will be this coming March and WGN-TV wants to recognize the great contributions that women have made to our nation and local communities. “Remarkable Women” is part of a nationwide initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress, and the quality of life.

WGN-TV will celebrate local women that inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.

We can help WGN-TV learn more about about Lisa’s story and her work in creating the Antioch Traveling Closet. Click the link below to go to the entry form and nominate the Remarkable Lisa Fisher.

Click here to enter Lisa Fisher in the WGN-TV Remarkable Women Competition!

All entries must be received by December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm local time. One (1) entry per person will be accepted. The top four semi-finalists will be profiled on WGN-TV and appear on WGN Evening News, based on the following criteria: 34% Community Contribution, 33% Self Achievement, and 33% Family Impact. One winner from the Chicagoland area will win a trip for one (1) to New York City to see The Mel Robbins Show.

Let’s help Lisa get the recognition she deserves!


Once Again, the ATC is in the Allstate Foundation’s Good Hands

(December 18, 2019) Lisa Fisher has announced that the Allstate Foundation has awarded the ATC a $500 Helping Hands Grant. This marks the second year that the Allstate Foundation has presented us with a donation.

The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists, and employees care about most by providing Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to bring out the good in their communities. In 2018, the Foundation made donations of over $7.5 million to almost 3,000 community groups.

We thank the Allstate foundation for their assistance again in 2019.


W.C. Petty Students Have a “Change” of Heart   ❤️

(December 18, 2019) W.C. Petty Elementary School students in Antioch held a “Change Wars Week” throughout the school last week to benefit the ATC. On Monday they collected pennies; on Tuesday they collected nickels; on Wednesday it was dimes; on Thursday they brought quarters; on Friday it was dollar bills.

The class that brought in the highest total of coins for the week was going to win a Pajama Day. These amazing kids raised a grand total of $2,170.00 which they donated to the Antioch Traveling Closet!

As a result of their generosity, the entire school won a Pajama Day. Way to go Petty Bobcats! The ATC appreciate student participation in this fun event very much! Thanks for your efforts and donation!


Good Family Tattoo, ATC Partner Again in 2019 for “Toys for Tats”
A portion of donated toys and games are on display at Good Family Tattoo, 198 W. Grass Lake Rd. in Lake Villa on Saturday, December 7. The family owned business held their third annual “Toys for Tats” to collect holiday presents for needy area children.

(December 15, 2019) Good Family Tattoo, 198 W. Grass Lake Rd. in Lake Villa held their annual “Toys for Tats” event from 12:00pm-8:00pm on Saturday, December 7. Residents from around the area were asked to bring in new toys valued at $20.00 or more. In turn, donors could spin a Lucky Wheel and try to win a free body piercing or a gift certificate for a tattoo valued at $50-$300.

Good Family Tattoo collected approximately $15,000 in toys, games, gift cards, and cash. For the third year, the business partnered with the ATC to assist in distributing the donated items to needy children who might otherwise not receive a visit from Santa Claus.

On December 11, the ATC held a private event for area needy families at the W.C. Petty Elementary School, 850 Highview Dr. in Antioch. Residents who attended were able to select gifts for their family from the stacks on hand. Gillespie Ford in Antioch donated 50 fleece blankets for distribution to the attendees. Over 100 invited families attended the event. Items that were not selected were given to the Waukegan Police Department which, in turn, will be delivering them to shelters on Christmas Day.


The 2019 ATC Winter Giveaway Event is This Sunday

(December 11, 2019) The ATC Winter Giveaway Event will be on Sunday, December 15, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, at the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbek Drive. If you know of a needy person or family in the area who can use a little boost this holiday season, please let them know about the event.


Merle Norman Announces Annual Hat Campaign Results

(December 10, 2019) Merle Norman Cosmetics, 406 Lake St., in Antioch, released the totals of their Third Annual Hat Drive to benefit the ATC. For each winter hat purchased by a customer, Merle Norman will donate a similar hat to the Antioch Traveling Closet to be given to a needy resident at this Sunday’s Giveaway event. They demolished last year’s record of 78 donated hats with the new record of 101 hats to be donated.

Merle Norman’s post of all the totals appears below…

The Antioch Traveling Closet sincerely thanks Merle Norman Cosmetics for their support again this year. We hope we can help them set another new record again next year!


Our Thanks Go Out to These December ATC Donors

(December 10, 2019) The ATC has been the recipient of some generous donations just in time for the Giveaway event this Sunday and we want to extend our sincere thanks.

GiveNkind has sent us 90 pairs of hotel slippers and 14 winter coats along with brand new Christmas DVDs, five boxes of PS 2, 3, and 4 games, and a number of Xbox games! Since October 2018, GiveNkind has donated over $1,000,000 of in-kind goods to charitable organizations, including the ATC. Click here to read about the February donation of socks GiveNkind sent the ATC just last February.

Our heartfelt thanks also go out to the following folks for their welcome cash donations:

😄 ATC Feature Story on the Daily Herald Website 😄

As a sidebar, there is a wonderful article about the ATC on the Daily Herald website. It reviews the history of the ATC and also discusses our future plans and hopes. Be sure to read it and share it with your friends!

NOTE: We just learned the article also appears on page 3 of a recent edition of the hard-copy (paper) edition of the Daily Herald!


ATC Donation Collection Day Information


(November 23, 2019) The ATC will be holding its final donation collection day of 2019 on Sunday, December 1–TODAY! The collection time will be from 9:00am to 12:00pm and the drop-off location will be the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbek Drive.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because we’ve been (temporarily) overwhelmed with clothing donations, we will not be accepting clothes at the December 1 donation event. However, we are in need of cleaning supplies, toiletries, and brand new toys. We ask for your understanding and cooperation (and participation) in this donation effort. Thank you!

If you have any questions, you can contact Lisa Fisher by clicking here.

To volunteer for the ATC, click here!

👉🏼 Also, we are always looking for schools, scout troops, organizations, churches, businesses, and neighborhoods to hold collection drives for the ATC. Following is a list of the items of which we are in need:

* shampoo/conditioner * deodorant
* disposable razors * makeup
* shaving cream * body lotion
* band aids * baby wipes
* diapers (all sizes) * baby shampoo
* Q-tips * paper towels
* bar soap * liquid body soap
* dish soap * laundry soap
* bathroom cleaner * household cleaner
* hotel toiletries * winter hats and gloves (kids to adults)
* brand new, in-original-packaging Christmas gifts (ages 0 to 17) * brand new, in-original-packaging underwear (all sizes)
* brand new socks (infant to adult)  
* Gift cards in the amounts of $15-$20 from places like: McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Dairy Queen, itunes, Kohls, Meijers, Dunkin Donuts, Walmart, Culvers, Walgreens, Manicures, Jewel, and local gas cards for the older kids

Donations need to be turned in by December 1, in time to prepare for the Christmas Giveaway Event.
Thanks to everyone who lends a hand to the Antioch Traveling Closet!


From the ATC Mailbox…

(November 22, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet received the above lovely note from the AUGS LOP Family. You’re welcome, AUGS LOP! Glad we could help out and make a bit of a positive difference!


Grayslake Busy Hands Volunteers Donate Hand-Made Winter Wear

(November 8, 2019) Artisans from the Busy Hands Volunteers (above) based at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake have donated two bags of their hand-made winter hats and mittens to the Antioch Traveling Closet.

The generous donation by these lovely ladies comes just in time as Mother Nature has apparently decided to forgo a mild fall season this year and head full bore into frigid winter weather.

The ATC sincerely thanks the Busy Hands Volunteers for all of their time and effort put into creating these wonderful winter wearables.


Merle Norman Kicks Off Annual Hat Campaign

(October 23, 2019) Merle Norman Cosmetics, 406 Lake St., in Antioch, has started their 3rd Annual Hat Drive. Drop into their store and buy a hat for $20 and Merle Norman will donate a hat to the Antioch Traveling Closet! They hope to beat their total of 78 donated hats of last year.

And something new this year: they’ve included socks in their ATC donation program! Just buy a pair of men’s or women’s socks for $2.99 and they will donate a pair to the Antioch Traveling Closet!

Merle Norman Cosmetics “Buy a Hat, Give a Hat” promotion is now underway.

It’s through the support of area businesses like Merle Norman Cosmetics and generous individuals that the Antioch Traveling Closet is able to adhere to our mission of making sure that no child, adult, or senior citizen is without basic items that the rest of us sometimes take for granted.


Bombas ‘Socks’ It to the ATC—Again in 2019!

(September 26, 2019) Lisa Fisher announced today that Bombas, the maker of world-class socks, has donated another 2,500 pairs of their socks to the ATC for distribution to our area’s needy residents as a part of their Bombas Giving Program! This marks the second consecutive year the Bombas charity program has been a major donor to the ATC.

When the founders of Bombas heard that socks are the #1 most-requested clothing item at homeless shelters, they decided to do something about it. They founded their company on the principle that they will donate one pair of their socks to charitable organizations for each pair they sell. Once the word got out about the company’s goal and the quality of their merchandise, there was no turning back. As of this writing (9/27/2018), Bombas had donated 25,779,447 pairs of socks to the needy and the amount is growing every minute.

The company’s name derives from the Latin word for “bumblebee.” As stated on the Bombas website:

“Bees live in a hive and work together to make their world a better place. They’re small, but their combined actions have a big impact on the world. We like that. That’s why our mantra is ‘bee better.'”

All of us at the ATC again sincerely thank Bombas for teaming with us as we both seek to fulfill our mutual goal of helping the needy—one pair of feet at a time.


Attn: American Family Insurance Customers
It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Charity!

(September 11, 2019) American Family Insurance Community of Dreamers donations are back! And that means it’s an opportunity for all American Family Insurance customers to nominate their favorite nonprofit organization, to wit, the Antioch Traveling Closet!

In October, American Family Insurance and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation will award 100 $2,500 Community of Dreamers donations to charities that matter most to their customers.

Help American Family give back to local communities and at the same time support the ATC pursue and achieve our mission. It takes just a few minutes of your time to make a big difference.

How to Nominate the ATC
  • Only current American Family Insurance customers may submit a nomination
  • Nominations are open 9/9/19 through 5 p.m. CST on September 19, 2019
  • Submissions are accepted only through this online nomination form link
  • You’ll be notified if the ATC is chosen
  • All winners will be announced in October

So, if you are a American Family Insurance customer please vote for:

     Antioch Traveling Closet Corporation NFP
     624 Pondview Dr.
     Antioch, Il 60002

Enter “antiochtravelingcloset.org” for the charity website.

Thanks very much from the Antioch Traveling Closet!


Here’s Your Chance to Promote the ATC

(September 6, 2019) Here’s an opportunity for you to promote the Antioch Traveling Closet through 61st District State Rep. Joyce Mason’s “Good Neighbor” Business of the Month Award.

Many area businesses sponsor charitable events, donate goods and services to community organizations, or take other steps to make our communities better places to live and work. To recognize some of the many businesses that partner with their communities to improve our hometowns, Rep. Mason is now accepting nominations for her “Good Neighbor” Business of the Month Award. Nominees must display a dedication to improving our communities and show a willingness to go above and beyond to achieve that goal. It goes without saying that the ATC meets all criteria.

Just click this link to go to the award entry form, fill in the brief online form, and click the submit button. You’ll be on your way to helping the greater community recognize the work the ATC is doing, all year round!


A Note From Lisa: A Call For Aid!

(August 26, 2019) Hello, everyone! I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe campaign which you can read about by clicking this link.

Even a small donation could help Richard Padovano reach his fundraising goal. If you’re unable to make a donation, it would be great if you could simply share news of the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

Lisa


2019 Back-To-School Giveaway Event A Record-Setting Success

(August 12, 2019) This year’s Back-to-School Giveaway Event was a huge success! Almost 500 area residents, a new attendance record, were able to select clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, and home cleaning products, all at no charge, to prepare for the start of this year’s school year. Another record set was the number of haircuts given, almost 100 of them, all done by a team of amazing hairstylists who volunteered their time and talents. Gratitude was in abundance as witnessed by the happy tears and many hugs from attendees.

Here’s a Video With a Few Clips of the Back-to-School Giveaway Event

Lisa Fisher, ATC Founder and President, passed along her sincere thanks to everyone who spent their weekend preparing for and working at the event including: NHS Students, football players, varsity Viking Cheerleaders, teachers, District 34 students, two Antioch Queens, the Lewis Family, the Antioch Fire Department, Lisa’s indefatigable family, and many more. All came together this weekend to make attendees have a little bit extra this month.

Thanks also go out to Hannah Auten from State Rep. Joyce Mason’s office, The Period Collective, Michael Smith from the Rosalind Franklin University Medical Van, and the ladies of the AAHAA for also providing their time and resources.

Back-to-School Giveaway Event Photos

Here are some photos from the 2019 ATC Back-to-School event held on August 4. Click on the “Photos” link in the menu at the top of the page to see a list of previous ATC event photos or click here to go to the Back-to-School event photos. Enjoy!


ATC Receives a Grant from Walmart Giving

(July 30, 2019) Lisa Fisher has announced some more great news! The Antioch Traveling Closet has received a grant from @walmartgivng @walmarttoday #BetterTogether #WalmartGiving and #Walmart

Walmart’s generosity will help the ATC meet some of the costs incurred in serving area residents in need.

Once again, the ATC thanks all involved with Walmart Giving and the Walmart Super Center (store #5199) in Antioch, Illinois for thinking of our organization!


A Few Reminders for Sunday: Bring Your Gillespie Ford Bag…

(July 30, 2019) Gillespie Ford has been the donor of the bags that are used at ATC Giveaway events. They are the only bags allowed inside the Senior Center. As we have a limited supply of these bags, we respectfully ask that you reuse your Gillespie Ford bag from past ATC events.

Also, as we operate under the space constraints offered by the Senior Center, NO strollers, car seats, wagons, or carts will be allowed inside the building.

Please note that we reserve the right to refuse entrance and/or service to anyone. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or make an item donation, please contact Lisa via e-mail at lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org or through the ATC website. Cash donations can also be made through PayPal right here on the ATC website.

See you this Sunday, August 4th!


SBOTL Donates Backpacks, School Supplies for Sunday’s Giveaway

(July 29, 2019) Lisa Fisher has announced, “This year is the 125th Anniversary of State Bank of the Lakes. The Antioch bank has decided to celebrate this milestone by purchasing 125 backpacks and school supplies to donate to the Antioch Traveling Closet Corp (see images below). We are so thankful and grateful to State Bank of the Lakes for doing this act of kindness. Their generosity will be helping so many children in our area.”


Heartland Bank and Trust of Antioch Donation

(July 19, 2019) Lisa Fisher announced the following today: “Thank you very much to Heartland Bank and Trust in Antioch for their generous donation of $1,000. We appreciate it very much and are grateful for your continued support.”


Here Are Some Photos From The Limerick Lounge Golf Event!

(July 11, 2019) We have obtained a few 19th Hole photos of the June 21 Limerick Lounge Charity Golf Event!

Click on the “Photos” link in the menu at the top of the page to see a list of previous ATC event photos or on the link above to go directly to the golf event photos! Enjoy!


Antioch Junior Woman’s Club Donation


(July 10, 2019) A big ATC “Thank You!” goes out to the Antioch Junior Woman’s Club for the welcome cash donation of $200. It will help us continue towards our goal of helping the area’s needy individuals and families.


Lisa Fisher, MVPP, On WGN Radio, Monday, July 8!


(July 8, 2019) ATC Founder and President Lisa Fisher made her second guest appearance on the Steve Cochran Show as MVPP (Most Valuable Person on the Planet) on WGN Radio Chicago (720 AM), Monday, July 8.

Below is a studio camera video of the interview!


ATC Announces the 2019 Back-to-School Giveaway Event

(July 5, 2019) The ATC will be holding their annual Back-to-School giveaway event on Sunday, August 4, from 9:00am-1:00pm. The location will once again be the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbeck Drive.

We will have clothing, shoes, cleaning supplies, toiletries, school supplies, and haircuts given at no charge. We’ll also have some not-for-profit groups onsite to help us out:


We can always use more…

We’re always on the lookout for additional donations for the back-to-school event! The items we need are:

  • school supplies: pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, binders, paper, &c.
  • backpacks
  • lunchboxes
  • brand-new kids underwear
  • baby wipes
  • gift cards and presents for kids ages newborn to 16
  • laundry soap (smaller bottles are best)
  • bathroom cleaner
  • household cleaner
  • toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • feminine products
  • deodorant for teens, men, and women
  • kids shampoo and body soap
  • adult shampoo and conditioner
  • bar and liquid soap
  • disposable razors
  • Q-tips
  • paper towels

If you’d like to be a volunteer for the ATC’s Back-to-School event, click here to send us your contact information!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Fisher at lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org.

If you know of any schools, scout troops, work places, and/or other organizations that would be willing to have a donation drive for us, please let us know. It would be greatly appreciated! Email Lisa Fisher at lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org to our webmaster at web@antiochtravelingcloset.org.

Thank you! See you in August!


Two Independence Day Stories

The Limerick Lounge Charity Golf Event–A Great Success!


(June 28, 2019) Lisa Fisher reports that the 2019 Limerick Lounge Charity Golf event was a huge success! In addition to a rare dry weather day, 140 golfers participated. Regrettably, some golfers had to be turned away because of the overwhelming response.

Over $16,000 was raised and contributed to the Antioch Traveling Closet, a new record!

A big ATC “Thank You” goes out to the Hole Sponsors of the event:

Additionally, we’d like to thank the following businesses and individuals for donating prizes for our raffles and Live Auction items:

Gillespie Ford   Stateline Inn   ComedySportz Chicago
Twin Lakes County Club   Scott & Ki Lynn   Sequoit Boosters Club
Mike & Jan Culat   Boys Iceless Hockey Association   Northern Exposure Tanning
The Rogalski Family   Denise Runge   Pam Dreis (Antioch Cupboard)
Spring Valley Country Club   Chicago White Sox   Mike & Karen Perrone
Tap Room Gaming   Heartland Bank & Trust (Antioch)   Gina Wolf Photography
Victor Ford   Jen Biundo   Sandlots of Salem
State Bank of the Lakes   Lil Timber   Theresa Bartell
Anastasia’s   AYLL   Antioch Fire Department
The Lewis Family   Chicago Bears   Anna Fielder
Steitz’s Resort   Jen Fielder   AP Allstate Agency
Marcia Donahue   Daun Pancorvo   Antioch Pizza Shop
Barker Shoppe   Mary Quilty   Piggly Wiggly
Tamara Neuman   Richie Keller   Antioch Parks Dept.
Bryan Shaughnessy   Sarah Miller   Port Of Blarney
JJ Blinkers   Queens Nails   Dharni’s Shell Gas Station
Kim Fredriksen   KC’s Cabin   Chicago Cubs
The Lodge of Antioch   Action Territory   Dockers North
Head to Toes Salon   Something Sweet   Leslie Gillengerten-Williams
Tom & Connie Fisher   Tom & Sheila Dvorak   Dori Milone
Chicago Wolves   Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors   Vegas Cafe
Great Lakes Credit Union (Antioch)   Linda Pedersen (Lake County Board)    

And finally, a huge shout out goes to the amazing staff at Spring Valley County Club for all their hard work in making the event possible!


Help Make The ATC a Chicago Bears Community All-Pro!

Check Out Some Photos From The April 7 Giveaway!

(April 24, 2019) We have some photos of the April 7 Spring Giveaway as well as the preparation for the event the day before. Click on the “Photos” link in the menu at the top of the page to see a list of previous ATC event photos or on the links immediately above to go directly to the specific group of photos! Enjoy!


The ATC and Antioch Pizza Team Up to Raise Some Dough!

Great Lakes Credit Union Donates $3,000 to the ATC

(April 18, 2019) The Great Lakes Credit Union Board of Directors Charity Program selected the Antioch Traveling Closet to be the recipient of a $3,000 donation. Lisa Fisher was on hand to accept the check at the Antioch branch of the Great Lakes Credit Union located at 351 East Rt. 173 on Friday, April 12. The ATC was one of several Antioch-area charities reviewed by the GLCU to see how each charity impacted the community.

Our sincere thanks go out to the Great Lakes Credit Union for helping the ATC achieve their goal of helping community residents in need.

 
(above) Left to right, Jody Larabee (VP, Member Services), Teresa Qualls (Antioch Branch Manager), the ATC’s Lisa Fisher, Kevin Leman (Board Member), Steve Bugg (President & CEO), and Kelsey Coonce (AVP, Branch Operations) are all happy participants in the check presentation ceremony held at the Great Lakes Credit Union, 351 East Rt. 173 in Antioch, on Friday, April 12. Fisher received an oversized check representing a $3,000 donation to the Antioch Traveling Closet. The ATC was chosen by Great Lakes Credit Union Board of Directors Charity Program to receive the generous donation.

Fore! Limerick Lounge Golf Event Donors Needed!


(April 8, 2019) The Limerick Lounge, 912 Toft Ave., in Antioch is looking for area businesses and organizations to donate cash, gift certificates, goods, and/or services to be used for the raffle at their 2019 golf event, scheduled for Friday, June 21. The Antioch Traveling Closet will be the beneficiary of this year’s charity outing.

The event will be held at the Spring Valley Country Club in Salem, Wisconsin.

Click here to find out how to sign up for the event and/or how to become a contributing sponsor or contact the Antioch Traveling Closet. The ATC is a 501(c)(3) organization.


The 2019 Spring Giveaway: Another ATC Success!

(April 8, 2019) ATC’s Spring Giveaway Event held on Sunday at the Antioch Senior Center marks another success in the long line of successes for the organization dedicated to giving a hand to needy individuals and families.

Lisa Fisher, founder of the organization, said that almost 300 area residents attended the event, selecting clothes, shoes, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to get their Spring of to a fresh start. Also available were health screenings and haircuts.

We thank the following growing list of businesses and organizations who helped to make the event happen:

     Antioch
 Area Healthcare Accessibility 
Alliance (AAHAA),
     Antioch Elementary School,
     Antioch Junior Woman’s Club,
     Antioch Pizza,
     Trustee Jerry Johnson & The Lodge of Antioch,
     Copies & Prints Plus of Lake Geneva,
     Ellen Ipsen of the Ipsen Insurance Agency,
     Emily Pedersen,
     Emmons School,
     Gillespie Ford of Gurnee,
     GiveNkind,
     Grass Lake School,
     Great Lakes Credit Union,
     Heartland Bank and Trust,
     Heritage Dental,
     Hillcrest Elementary School,
     Limerick Lounge,
     Lions Club of Antioch,
     Lovin Oven,
     River Ridge Church of Wilmot, Wisconsin,
     Rotary Club of Antioch,
     St. Demetrios Philoptochos Ladies Society of Libertyville.

Finally, our thanks go to our many volunteers who work very hard before, during, and after each event, not to mention between each event to help us fulfill our mission of giving the needy a little boost that could make a very big difference!


The ATC Extends Thanks to a Number of Recent Donors

(April 3, 2019) Our thanks go out to the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations: Heartland Bank in Antioch (see photo below), St. Demetrios Philoptochos Ladies Society ($1,000), the Rotary Club of Antioch ($500), the Ipsen Insurance Agency ($250), and a donation made in memory of Joseph Dawe ($100).

(above) The Antioch branch of Heartland Bank held a month-long collection drive for the Antioch Traveling Closet during which time clothing, cleaning supplies, and more were donated by residents along with cash donations to be used for future ATC events.

It’s Your Chance to Help the ATC!

(April 2, 2019) The ATC is looking for schools, organizations, clubs, neighborhoods, and/or work places that would be interested in having a collection drive for us.

Collections could be of brand new socks, kid’s underwear, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and/or school supplies, and more.

Please contact Lisa Fisher (lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org) or fill out the “volunteer” information form if you would like more information.



The ATC Thanks Heartland Bank for Their Charity Bracket Buster!
Majestic Kids Top the ATC in Final Round


ATC Falls Short vs. Majestic Kids in Bracket Buster Finals, 50.3%-49.7%

(March 27, 2019) Heartland Bank announced the official results this morning of their 2019 Charity Bracket Buster. The Antioch Traveling Closet fell short by a narrow margin to their Final Round opponents, Majestic Kids of Shorewood. The final tally was 50.3%-49.7%.

The ATC regained a small lead early Tuesday but soon the pendulum swung the other way putting Majestic Kids back into the lead which it held for the remainder of the day. The ATC never trailed by more than a 51%-49% margin and made a brief attempt at a comeback during the final 30 minutes but efforts a resuscitating momentum fell short.

Everyone connected to the Antioch Traveling Closet congratulates Majestic Kids on their victory and thanks Heartland Bank for their invitation to participate in this year’s Charity Bracket Buster. Just wait’ll next year!


Limerick Lounge Announces 2019 Golf Event


(March 5, 2019) The Limerick Lounge, 912 Toft Ave., in Antioch has announced details for their 2019 golf event, scheduled for Friday, June 21. The Antioch Traveling Closet has been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s charity outing.

Spring Valley Country Club in Salem, Wisconsin will be hosting this year’s play.

After checking in at the course, golfer will enjoy 18 holes of golf on a championship 
course followed by lunch, cocktails, and awards
 from the day’s play. Best of all, participants will be helping people from within
 the community.

The Limerick is still looking for sponsors for the event to donate cash, gift certificates, goods, and/or services. To find out more, click the link below and download the sponsor’s letter. The ATC is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Click here to find out how to sign up for the event and/or how to become a contributing sponsor.


Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Honors Lisa Fisher

(March 4, 2019) The ATC’s founder, Lisa Fisher, was honored by the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition at their Spring Brunch Celebration held at Wedgewood at Midlane, Midlane Country Club, in Wadsworth, Illinois on Saturday, March 2. She was honored as a member of the Antioch Junior Women’s Club.

Fisher said, “Thank you very much Antioch Junior 
Women’s Club for honoring me as one of the 
Visionary Women in Lake County at the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Luncheon. I am 
humbled and honored to have been
 nominated by all you fabulous ladies.”

Way to go, Lisa! Lake County congratulates you on the well-deserved recognition!

(above) Lisa Fisher (center) poses with the certificate she received at the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Spring Brunch Celebration on Saturday, March 2.

  Click Here to See More About Lisa’s Award…  


GiveNkind Delivers a Message to the ATC: “Sock It To ‘Em!”

(February 13, 2019) The ATC was the beneficiary of a most generous donation from GiveNkind, an organization providing a personal connection between non-profit groups and individuals and businesses looking to re-purpose items so as to leave a positive mark on their local community.

The gift was 27 cartons of socks from Living Royal, socks, makers of some of the most unique socks to be found anywhere, or, as the company modestly puts it, “the coolest socks on planet Earth.”

To make a donation, to volunteer, or to find out more about GiveNkind‘s amazing growth and story, visit their website or send an email to contact@givenkind.org.

Emily Petway, founder and president of GiveNkind, delivers 27 cartons of Living Royal socks to the ATC to give to needy area residents at future events, no mean feet feat. Petway describes herself as an “in-kind donation traffic cop,” coordinating efforts amongst the donors and charitable organizations receiving the donations. She has a background in education as a teacher and education programs management. GiveNkind is a 501(c)(3) organization which received nearly a half-million dollars in donations in the fourth quarter of last year.

Lions Club of Antioch Donates to the ATC


(February 13, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet would like to thank the Lions Club of Antioch for their kind donation of $500 which will go to assist the areas needy families and individual.


Lisa Fisher Appears on NBC News Make a Difference Segment!

(January 31, 2019) Lisa Fisher was a guest today on the local edition of NBC News Make a Difference segment hosted by Sabrina Santucci. The topic of discussion? Why, the Antioch Traveling Closet, of course!

Watch the segment below!


A Hair-“Razing” Event: St. Baldrick Returns!

(January 16, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet would like to mention another worthwhile charity which returns to Antioch next month, St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” event. Individuals attending the event can volunteer to have their heads shaved by a team of hairdressers to show support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and to raise awareness of the goal of curing childhood cancer.

  Read more about the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser…  


Hillcrest Elementary School’s ATC Gift

(January 6, 2019) Hillcrest Elementary 
School, 433 E. Depot St., held their Holiday Fest on December 1, 2018 (see post below). Today the ATC received a check in the amount of $1,510.00
 from the proceeds.

We would like to say 
a very special “Thank You” to Deb Gregory, Rachel 
Hewitt, and Jen Sherman for heading up the event 
and making the ATC the beneficiary. We
 appreciate all the hard work each of you and
 your volunteers did to make this a fantastic
 event!



ATC—A HELPING HAND

The Antioch Traveling Closet Corporation NFP is a non-for profit organization founded by Antioch resident, Lisa Fisher, that helps local families in need of clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, hair cuts, and schools supplies.

The Antioch Traveling Closet was formed in 2014 with a recruited handful of volunteers that has quickly grown to a widespread community effort supported through local businesses and caring residents.

The ATC Corp NFP is now a 501(c)(3) organization.


We Need Your Help!

For the past year we were fortunate enough to have our storage unit paid for by the Antioch Lions Club and the Antioch Firefighters Association. Click here to see the AFFA donation presentation photos.

Starting now, however, we’ll have to start paying the $160.00 monthly rental for our 10’x30′ storage unit through other donation sources. We need your help! If we continue to pay the monthly rental for the unit we will not be able to help families the way we want to.

Lisa Fisher sees the role of the ATC expanding in the future. She says her hope “is to find a location over the upcoming months that we can afford that will give us a place where we can collect donations, sort them, and have them on display. With a place like this, we can have more of these events or, in the event of an emergency, we can have volunteers go to that facility and begin immediately offering help right away.” This can’t be done without your help.

Please consider donating to keep the ATC alive and functioning. We appreciate all donations big and small! Donations are tax-deductible! PayPal and all major credit cards are accepted. The Antioch Traveling Closet is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Antioch Traveling Closet In the News!

Volunteers Needed for the Next Traveling Closet

If you can spare a few hours helping the ATC cause, we’ll find a way for you to help! Click here to fill out the volunteer contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.