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Community Consolidated District 181 donated 425 medical face shields to local health care professionals April 3 after D181 families volunteered to assemble the shields.

The shields, critical for health professionals as they care for those affected by COVID-19, were donated to Amita Health Adventist Medical Center and two nursing homes, ManorCare Health Services in Hinsdale and Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Willowbrook.

With social distancing guidelines in place, D181 families gathered to assemble the face shields at Hinsdale Middle School.

“There was so much positive energy in the room during this collective effort to support our community,” said Meeta Patel, an Elm School parent and D181 board vice president, who helped organize

the donation.

“I’m thrilled that we were able to provide this necessary equipment to the frontline health care staff at these local organizations,” Superintendent Hector Garcia said.

Sudhir Ravi and Technology Venture Partners provided the face shields at cost and the D181 buildings and grounds team helped to facilitate a safe environment for the assembly.

Volunteers who assisted with assembly were Hessen, Noura and Salma Alsheik; Zayna and Senna Asbahi; Summer Barbour; Hector, Tricia, Katie, Colleen, Aidan and Erin Garcia; Meeta, Ankit, Esha and Sameea Patel; Lena and Leila Shahbandar; and Priyansh Sharma.

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Concklin Insurance Agency in Lombard is donating lunch to first responders in several suburbs.

The agency is providing lunch from Jersey Mike’s to the Hinsdale Fire Department every Wednesday in April. The company also is buying lunch for workers at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, the Lombard Police Department and the Addison and Oak Brook fire departments.

Hinsdale’s Craig Concklin is president of the company.

“We are very proud that we can continue to serve our clients, support our employees and flatten the curve, but we recognize that not everyone is as fortunate,” Concklin said. “It is also very humbling to know that the reason we can do all these things is because essential industries like restaurants and first responders are continuing to go to work. I wanted to show our gratitude and support for small business and do something for those in our community who put their safety and health on the line every day.”