Silver Cross Founders Still Active in Hospital’s Mission
Joliet, IL (May 25, 2011)—Founded in 1890, the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons continues to support the dream and project started by a small group of local women over a century ago—to build Silver Cross Hospital. Today, the Union is comprised of 101 men and women in 8 circles.
Since 1895, the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons has continued to support various hospital initiatives including the Silver Cross Renal Centers at the hospital, West Joliet and Morris. Silver Cross is the largest provider of dialysis services in Will and Grundy counties.
Photo Caption: Pictured centered is Larry Johnson, Vice President Foundation at Silver Cross Hospital, with Lori Gilbert and Mary Lou Field from the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons’ who gave a $8,750 donation for the Silver Cross Renal Centers that was raised last fall at the Union’s largest fundraising event, the Silver Belles Bazaar.
The Union’s largest fundraising event is the Silver Belles Bazaar, which raised $8,750. This year’s Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at the hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet with the proceeds donated to purchase needed items for the care and comfort of the patients at each of the three Silver Cross Renal Centers.
The International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons is the founding organization of Silver Cross Hospital. The order was founded in New York City in 1886 by a small group of women with a desire to help others. It is one of the oldest Christian service organizations in the United States. Word of the organization quickly spread, and circles were established from coast to coast and even overseas. A circle of young ladies was established in Joliet, Illinois. Another circle of King’s Sons was also organized at that time. Seeing a need for a hospital in the area, the members worked diligently to plan and build this hospital. The land was even donated by one of the members. The badge of the King’s Daughters is a silver Maltese cross, and they named their hospital Silver Cross. The building was dedicated in 1895.
There are seven active adult circles in Will County and one junior circle. The junior circle offers a fine opportunity for young people to learn about volunteering. Members meet monthly to work on projects and to share Bible study, devotions and fellowship. Board members of the Will County Union’s Branch include Shorewood resident Mary Lou Field, (President); Joliet resident Sandy Alaimo; (Vice President); New Lenox resident Rita Larson (Secretary); and Joliet resident Joan Johnson (Treasurer). For more information about the King’s Daughters, visit www.iokds.org or call Volunteer Services at Silver Cross Hospital at 815-740-7117.