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Story and Photos by: Robert M. Jadach

The Polish National Alliance held their annual toy drive for needy children from the end of November through the first week of December. A large decorated carton stood in the lobby of the PNA Building for donations that would be given by PNA Employees and guests who enter the building. The PNA affiliates, the two PNA Bank locations (Niles and South Pulaski Avenue in Chicago) and the Polish Daily News (Dziennik Zwiazkowy) also participated in the toy drive with drop off boxes in their buildings.

PNA President Frank Spula appointed Vice President Paul Odrobina to oversee the collections. Mr. Odrobina's Administrative Assistant Joan Oskorep and Robert Jadach assisted in the organizing of the drive. Many of the Employees donated cash or brought items in as well. Monetary donations were also used to purchase toys from area stores.

On Tuesday, December 11, 2013, the seven large boxes containing over 200 donated toys were delivered to the Shriner's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The donation coordinator Mary McCauley from the Shriner’s Hospital was so grateful to all the people who donated toys to their children at Christmas.

Polish National Alliance Officers with donated toys for the Shriner’s Hospital – (from l-r) Vice President Teresa Abick, Treasurer Marian Grabowski, Vice President Paul C. Odorbina and President Frank J. Spula.

Donation Coordinator Mary McCauley from the Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago with donated items from the Polish National Alliance.