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Story and Photos by: Robert M. Jadach

Chicago, Illinois - The Polish National Alliance held their annual toy drive for needy children from November through the second week of December 2014. A large decorated carton stood in the lobby of the Home Office for donations that would be given by PNA Employees and guests who entered 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. This year the donations were exceptionally generous.

PNA President Frank Spula (a generous contributor of donated toys) appointed Vice President Paul Odrobina to oversee the collections. Mr. Odrobina's Administrative Assistant Joan Oskorep assisted in the organizing of the drive. Many of the Employees donated cash or brought items in as well. Cash donations were used to purchase additional toys from area stores.

On Wednesday, many large boxes containing over 200 donated toys, games, stuffed animals and books were delivered to two locatons; Presence Hospital (formally Resurrection Hospital) Pediatrics unit in Chicago, Illinois and to the Women's Center also in Chicago. Vice President Odrobina and his staff members Joan Oskorep and Robert Jadach delivered the donations to both locations. The staff from the Hospital and Women's Center were very grateful for the donations and would like to thank everyone who donated a gift or gifts to make a needy or ill child at Christmas smile.

(from l-r) PNA Treasurer Marian Grabowski and PNA Vice President Paul C. Odrobina with toy donations.