adno=STM000107932101 20 | April 11, 2019 | the tinley Junction LIFE & ARTS tinleyjunction.com Tinley woman named Volunteer of the Year at Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation Erin Redmond Freelance Reporter Indicates for Cellular Regenerative Medicine • Knee, Hip &Shoulder Arthritis • “Bone-on-bone” • Menicus Tears • Avoid surgery&joint replacement • Plantar fascitis • Joint pain &inflammation Dr. David Rosania, MD CHICAGO magazine MAGAZINE TopPhysician 2018 630.280.3933 *Stem Cell Recruitment (SCR) is a trademark of Russell Health, Inc. The treatments described on this marketing are not considered to be standard of care for use to supplement tissue. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Results may vary. See complete disclosure at painfreepainrelief.com. Rita Parsons (right) of Tinley Park and her friend Diane Ritchie prepare a box of toys for shipping to young cancer patients on behalf of the Treasure Chest Foundation. Photo submitted For the past five years, Rita Parsons has had the same routine. Every Tuesday, the Tinley Park resident and her friend Diane Ritchie meet at the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation warehouse and begin filling boxes for hours with the lone goal of brightening a child’s day. Their devotion, consistency and selflessness is the reason both Parsons and Ritchie — nicknamed the “Dynamic Duo” — were named the Volunteers of the Year during the 10th Annual Treasuring Our Kids Fundraiser March 26 in Tinley Park. “I was very touched that they had chosen us,” Parsons said. “It’s a wonderful place to volunteer at. My thought is these kids and their families are going through such hardships, and if there’s one thing I can do to make their life a little easier, I’m happy to do it.” Parsons and Ritchie meticulously package boxes full of toys, arranging them just right so items don’t shift or break en route to the hospital, but also filling them with as many items as they can. The duo package an average of 50 pounds of toys inside each box with an average of 350 pounds per week. The hospitals the boxes are sent to sometimes have specific requests — more boys’ or girls’ toys, for instance — each of which Parsons and Ritchie fulfill to the best of their abilities. “We like to pick a Volunteer of the Year every year and they were a great, logical choice because they’re just so awesome, they’re here every week,” said Colleen Kisel, Treasure Chest CEO and Founder. “They work so hard physically, they do the job so perfectly.” But Parsons and Ritchie were chosen for more than just their ability to package boxes. Kisel said their spirit is infectious, as they are always laughing, swapping stories and smiling as they fill boxes with joy for the children who need it the most. “My girlfriend Diane [Ritchie] knew Colleen from the past and she retired about five years ago. She said she was going to volunteer at the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation and asked if I wanted to join her, so I was like ‘sure!’,” Parsons said. “We started going and we go every Tuesday morning. I love it. It’s an easy job to do and if we can help in anyway, we’re happy to do it. “My favorite part is actually just being in that environment because it’s so positive. Because it’s so positive, nobody is in a bad mood. It’s something that I can do and I enjoy doing it.” The pair were honored at the fundraiser, filling two tables with their families and friends who have supported their volunteering efforts over the past five years and delivered a speech to thank them for that. They don’t seem burdened by it at all.” “They humorously thanked husbands for still working, so that they volunteer, which was so cute,” Kisel said. “They’re retired, but they’re young at heart. ...We’re really blessed to have joyful, loving, caring people [like them] … They’re just good people.” Parsons is happy with her current routine and has no plans on changing it anytime soon. She said she and Ritchie will continue their Tuesday morning meetups for as long as they can. “I would like to do it until I can’t do it,” Parsons said. “When Diane and I fill the boxes, we’re smart about it. We move them together because the boxes can be 50-plus pounds — I can’t move them alone. We’re going to keep on doing it.”
tinleyjunction.com puzzles the Tinley Junction | April 11, 2019 | 21 crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur Across 1. “___ recall ...” 4. Snug retreat 8. Juliet’s lover 13. A.M.A. members 14. Grimm beginning 15. Elope 16. Cosmetics ingredient 18. Join the Navy 19. Endorse 20. Former earth orbiter 21. “Whoopee!” 22. Upscale restaurant for steak and seafood in Mokena 25. Church feature 28. “A house ___ a home” 29. Heading on a list of errands 30. Wire service (abbr.) 31. Try to get for free 33. Brooks of “The Producers” 34. Google co-founder Sergey 35. Potpourris 37. “What ___!” 39. Speck of dust 41. Narc’s org. 43. Erie Canal mule 44. Went to bed (abbr.) 45. Jane Austen novel 47. Emulates Mario Andretti 51. Chat room “I think ...” 52. Squeezing till dry 54. Mauna ___ (Hawaiian volcano) 55. Shady tree 56. “Young Frankenstein” woman 57. Predicament 60. Pirate 62. “___ here” (classic line from “Poltergeist”) 63. “Othello” fellow 64. Certain MD’s specialty 65. Toys on strings 66. Religious word 67. Yea Down 1. Two-time U.S. Open champ 2. Dairy Queen orders 3. Equiangular geometric figure 4. Fall month 5. The other side 6. Actor’s handbook 7. Ladies’ get together restaurant 8. Charge 9. Nothing but 10. Me? 11. Failing grades 12. Many a time 15. Burt and Debbie 17. Elevate 23. Pin holder 24. Bright thought 25. ___ stitch 26. Prefix with dermal 27. Best in a game 32. Temper 34. Mokena Italian restaurant 35. “Beetle Bailey” canine 36. Teamster’s rig 38. Take in 39. Hosp. picture 40. Original manufactured item 42. Memory loss 46. Shining 48. Pass on 49. City south of Salem 50. Begins 52. Dam-like structures 53. Corporate concern 54. Knock out 57. Hog heaven? 58. Despite the fact that, briefly 59. Marina del __, CA 61. Wood of the Rolling Stones How to play Sudoku Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. LEVEL: Medium Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan answers TINLEY PARK 350 Brewing (7144 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park (708) 825- 7339) ■■6:30 p.m. First Thursday of each month: Laugh Riot. Cost is $25 and includes dinner, two beers and a comedy show. For tickets, email todd@350brewing. com. The Whistle Sports Bar & Grill (7537 W. 159th St., Tinley Park; (708) 904- 4990) ■■6-8 p.m. Tuesdays: Bar Bingo ■■2-5 p.m. Wednesdays: Happy Hour ■■3-5 p.m. Fridays: Teacher Appreciation ■■3-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: Happy Hour Bailey’s Bar & Grill (17731 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park; (708) 429- 7955) ■■9 p.m. Wednesdays: Karaoke ■■7 p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia ■■10 p.m. Fridays: DJ Dance Party ■■9:30 p.m. Saturdays: Live Music Ed & Joe’s Restaurant & Pizzeria (17332 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park; (708) 532-3051) ■■7:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Team Trivia Hailstorm Brewing (8060 186th St., Tinley Park); (708) 480- 2268) ■■Thursdays: Open mic night Intimo Lounge (7068 183rd St., Tinley Park; (708) 444- 4470) ■■8 p.m. Thursdays: Karaoke To place an event in The Scene, email a.ivanisevic@22nd centurymedia.com.