Orland Township Food Pantry receives $5,000 donation from Darvin Furniture
The Orland Township Food Pantry accepted a check for $5,000 on Wednesday, March 14, from Darvin Furniture Co-Owners Steve and Marty Darvin. The donation was part of the furniture store’s recent Grand Opening celebration.
WGN morning co-anchor Robin Baumgarten, an Orland Park resident and native South Sider, kicked off the celebration at the newly remodeled Darvin store, 15400 La Grange Road in Orland Park, and introduced the Darvin brothers, who presented the check to the food pantry.
Accepting the check from Darvin Furniture were Orland Township Trustee John Lynch, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau and Orland Township Food Pantry Coordinator Robin Kassis.
“We want to say thank you to Darvin for this check, it will go a long way toward helping a lot of families in need, many are single-parent families,” said Lynch. “We recently expanded our facility and our freezers. This kind of donation is the kind of thing that can make a difference for those who really need the assistance.”
Orland Township covers a 36-square-mile area that is home to more than 100,000 residents. Stretching from 135th Street on the north end to 183rd Street on the south, and from Harlem Avenue on the east end to Will Cook Road on the west, the food pantry serves an enormous geographic area. Orland Township Food Pantry serves Orland Park, Tinley Park, Orland Hills, as well as the unincorporated areas within the township’s boundaries.
Darvin, which has been a family-owned business in the region for more than 97 years, has chosen to donate the $5,000 as part of several scheduled events to give back to its surrounding communities and customers during its Grand Opening Celebration March 6-26.
For Steve and Marty Darvin, a celebration reflecting new changes to their business would not be complete without recognizing the communities that has been so supportive over more than nine decades.
“We love our customers at Darvin, they are part of our extended family, but we also must recognize the wonderful communities that have supported us over the years,” said Steve and Marty. “It is a privilege to be in a position to give back to both.”