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l-r: Will County Union of King’s Daughters Members Teresa Evans, Jean Vonachen, Shirley Swithin, Lillian Nippert, sold handmade items at the Silver Belles Bazaar in November, raising $11,000 for the Silver Cross dialysis program.

Founded in 1890, the Will County Union of Kings 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 146 men and women in 9 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. They recently contributed to the addition of 12 dialysis stations at Silver Cross Renal West located in the Silver Cross Professional Building, 1051 Essington Rd., Joliet. Silver Cross is the largest provider of dialysis services in Will and Grundy counties.

The Union’s largest fundraising event is the Silver Belles Bazaar, which raised $11,000. This year’s Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at the hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.

The Will County Union of Kings Daughters and Sons is part of the Illinois branch of the International Union of Kings Daughters and Sons. It is a Christian service organization whose mission is not to be ministered to, but to minister. The Kings Daughters and Sons contribute to mission work around the world, especially with the North American Indians, as well as many local community service organizations. The Illinois Branch owns and operates Friendship Manor in Rock Island—a complete retirement, life-care facility. It also provides friendship to youth at a campsite in Iowa.

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 Joliet resident Jane Hopkins (president); Joliet resident Thelma Theodore (1st vice president); Shorewood resident Mary Lou Field (2nd vice president); Joliet resident Ruth Oyer (secretary); Joliet resident Teresa Evans (treasurer). For more information, call Volunteer Services at Silver Cross at (815) 740-7117.

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