Local businesses have long partnered with Christmas Clearing House by providing places for volunteers to collect donations. This year, they’re helping out in a new way, selling products to benefit the holiday charity.
Public House of Woodstock, 101 N. Johnson St., Rendezvous Bistro, 2400 Lake Shore Drive and D.C. Cobb’s, 226 Main St., will have a special Christmas brew on tap, with 100 percent of the proceeds from sales going to Christmas Clearing House. The beer, Jolly Old Scrooge Barleywine, is brewed and donated by Algonquin’s Scorched Earth Brewery.
Laura Cullotta is heading up the effort on behalf of the Rotary Club of Woodstock. Other businesses have stepped up with offers to sell special drinks or seasonal products, she said, with all or a portion of the proceeds going to the charity.
Participating businesses will have special signs to indicate they’re taking part in the Christmas Clearing House project.
“It’s a way that the businesses and the people and the Rotary and Christmas Clearing House work together to make something happen,” Cullotta said.
The Rotary Club manages Christmas Clearing House, which since 1970 has provided donations to families in need in and around Woodstock.
Last year, 1,100 families and seniors in Woodstock and Wonder Lake received gifts and food baskets from Christmas Clearing House. About 2,000 children were among those served.
John Hanlin is chairman of Christmas Clearing House. He said he’s struck by how eager individuals and businesses are to help out with the annual event.
“There’s just such an outpouring from the whole community about how they can get involved,” Hanlin said.
Christmas Clearing House is again running its annual Tag Days event, where volunteers collect donations in front of local businesses. Tag Days will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22, 24 and 25.
The charity’s days for packing boxes of gifts and food will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13 and 14, at Americast Concrete, 14400 Washington St. Delivery day, when the boxes are brought to local families and seniors, will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 16.
Christmas Clearing House organizers still are accepting volunteers. For information or to register for Tag Days, visit woodstockcares.com.