Grace Nichols, a 5th grader at Lakes Elementary, was thrilled to receive a thank you letter from Hopeland, a 10 year old girl living in Uganda who received the shoe box gift that Grace sent to her in 2012. Grace packs shoe boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys for Operation Christmas Child each year to send to needy children all over the world. She has already started collecting and making items to put in her boxes this November. Visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ to find out more about how to pack shoe box gifts with Operation Christmas Child.
The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.