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2012 Thanksgiving Drive

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization hosted another spectacularly successful Thanksgiving food drive. Dubbed “Baskets of Love,” the annual charitable campaign rallies the assistance of countless volunteers, donors and financial contributors.

More than 225 volunteers converged on Buona Beef’s commissary in Berwyn on Nov. 18 to assemble 500 Thanksgiving baskets containing more than 50 pounds of groceries, including whole turkeys. Lending a hand was CIACO stalwart Dennis McKinnon of the 1985 Super Bowl-champion Chicago Bears. The completed baskets were whisked off to needy families across the Chicago area. Special thanks go out to the following companies for their generous contributions to the cause.

Buona Beef – Facilities, packing material, breakfast and lunch for the volunteers Meijer – Turkeys Tischler Foods – Groceries at cost Turano Baking Company – Bags of par-baked rolls Chicago Pastry – Bags of cookies Key Impact – Bags of Goldfish crackers Saverino & Associates – Assorted snacks

Visit www.ciaco.org for complete coverage.

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