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2023 Thanksgiving Message

November 23, 2023 -- The City of Highland Park wishes you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for our residents and business owners, as well as the partnership of our sister governments and resource partners.

The Thanksgiving holiday offers the opportunity to reflect with gratitude on the people, places, events, and memories that have shaped the year. In particular, we are grateful for the tremendous generosity of spirit our community has continued to demonstrate in support of neighbors in need. Opportunities to give back this holiday season are highlighted below.

At the same time, we recognize that some are experiencing complex emotions this holiday season, including members of our community who are deeply concerned for loved ones in Israel. The City continues to stand in solidarity with Highland Park's Jewish community and with all who are affected by the ongoing violence.

On behalf of Mayor Rotering, City Council, and City staff, we wish you a peaceful holiday weekend.

Seasonal Giving Opportunities 

Spread festive cheer this holiday season to those in need!

Moraine Township Food Pantry

Support community members in need while you shop for your family. Donations to the Moraine Township Food Pantry from those who are able to give are greatly appreciated. View the shopping list of needed items. Donations may be dropped off at 800 Central Avenue, Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

Coats for Kids

The Highland Park Fire Department's annual Coats for Kids drive is underway. Donate new or gently used coats to be given to local families in need. Donations will be accepted until February 1, 2024, at the drop box located in the front lobby of Fire Station #33, 1130 Central Avenue.

Winter Clothing Drive

Share the warmth this winter! As cold weather approaches, the City and the Park District of Highland Park are partnering with the Community Care Collective of Chicago’s 33rd Ward to collect much-needed winter clothing items for asylum seekers arriving in Chicago. Items may be dropped off at City Hall (1707 St. Johns Ave.) through December 1. Learn more.