Silver Cross Founders Support Hospital with annual Craft Fair
Recently, the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons presented Silver Cross Hospital with $7,500 for Silver Cross’ inpatient dialysis services that was raised last fall at the Union’s largest fundraising event, the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair. This final payment is part of the Union’s $30,000 pledge to renovate the water filtration room.
This year’s Vendor/Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center with the proceeds donated to purchase needed items for the care and comfort of the patients on the Silver Cross inpatient dialysis unit. To be considered as an exhibitor, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (815) 729-1264 or for an application. Booth space is approximately 8 feet for a $75 fee and booth locations will be assigned by the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Committee. Flatbed carts will be available to assist with unloading goods. Exhibitors are required to stay the full hours of the fair and set-up is Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is free to the public.
Founded in 1890, the Union 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 67 men and women in 4 circles.
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. 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 sign of the King’s Daughters is a silver Maltese cross, and they named their hospital Silver Cross. The building was dedicated in 1895, and the Union has continued to support various hospital initiatives including inpatient dialysis services.
There are three 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 Rita Larson and Karla Farr (Co-Presidents); Linda Emmert and Peggy Parthun, (Co-Vice Presidents); Karen Colombo, (Secretary); and Sue Gonzalez (Treasurer).