McDonough County United Way, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of McDonough County and The Center for Youth and Family Solutions, have created a “comfort bag” program for children who have been displaced due to serious domestic issues.  Using new or gently used duffle bags or back packs, bags are filled with various items that will bring comfort to children during transitional times in their lives. 

Jessica Heitner, United Way Executive Director, says “Many kids in these situations have the clothes on their backs and nothing more.  What may seem like simple everyday items – a blanket, books, hygiene items – can bring so much comfort to these children during a stressful time.”

At this time, bags have been left with Macomb Public Schools and West Prairie Community School District as additional outlets for assistance as the Department of Children & Family Services also offers similar bags.  All agencies involved hope to grow the program in the coming years and plan to provide bags to shelters, county offices, and police & fire stations in the future.

If you would like more information or would like to donate, please contact the McDonough County United Way office by email at or by phone at 309-837-9180.

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