The Illinois College football team is asking fans to support a couple of local charities at its game this weekend.
As part of the Midwest Conference’s Play for the Cure initiative, IC is playing its football game against Knox College on Saturday at 1:00, in support of a pair of charities near and dear to the Illinois College coaching staff’s hearts: the Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois and Stella’s Secret Stash. All students, fans and alumni of Illinois College and Knox College are encouraged to bring donation items to the game to benefit the two charities.
Illinois College head football coach Garrett Campbell saw firsthand the positive impact the Ronald McDonald House can have when his family utilized its services this fall when he and his wife welcomed their third child, Carter James Campbell, who was born two months premature at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
“What I found was that just living there, I was commuting back and forth but my wife was definitely living there, was just the little things that they need,” says Garrett Campbell. “They really rely heavily on donations and it’s just little things from paper towels, to sugar packets to even toilet paper…I told my wife let’s do something and we just decided to do this.”
A link to the complete list of items needed at the Ronald McDonald House can be found here.
Stella’s Secret Stash is a charity that seeks children’s hats and bows that are donated to Luther General Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
“Ray DeFrisco, our defensive coordinator, his niece was also in the NICU and she unfortunately passed away after 11 months of fighting her complications with Spina Bifida,” says Campbell. “What her family has done now is started a little program where they collect bows and hats for little babies in the NICU and donate them back to the families in the NICU.”
Representatives from the Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois and members of the Illinois College softball team will be on hand on Saturday to help collect the donations.
All donations can be made on the Tiller Balcony, overlooking Sherman Gymnasium, just inside the main entrance of the Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center.