Friday, December 16, 2022

Compassion for Campers Wraps Up Year and Appeals for Help Continuing the Work

Compassion for Campers, the organization which supplied urgently needed cold weather survival gear, other supplies, personal hygiene items, and non-perishable food to the McHenry County unhoused and housing insecure, will offer its last distribution for 2022 today at Willow Crystal Lake, 100 South Main Street from 10am to 2am at Community Resource Day. 

Snow finally dusts the ground and temperatures will plunge over the days leading to Christmas.

Homeless for Christmas.  You can help.

To sustain this critical service next year, please consider making a generous donation to Compassion for Campers while making your end of the tax year qualifying donations.  Gifts can be made by sending a check made out to Tree of Life UU Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050 with Compassion for Campers on the memo line or donate on-line at .

Compassion for Campers is a ministry of Tree of Life, and all funds are held in a separate, secure account that can’t be used for any other purpose.  The congregation provides donates all administrative costs meaning that 100% of all funds raised go directly to client service—the best bang for your charity bucks.

We also accept donations of new or lightly used camping gear and other items including:

High protein canned goods, with pop open tops.

Men and women’s deodorant

Larger body wipes


Coffee creamer

Instant coffee

Coloring books and crayons for the children we have been seeing

Rope for tent tie downs


cough drops/lozenges

Non aspirin pain relievers

Canned tuna or chicken

nail trimmers

back packs/ cloth tote bags

Wrapped toilet paper rolls

Paper towels

Items can be dropped off at the Church or at the home of Compassion for Campers coordinator Patrick Murfin at 522 West Terra Cotta Avenue (IL Rt 176) in Crystal Lake.  Call him at 815-814-5645 or email for details and more information.

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