West Chicago resident and business owner Debi Inch not only teaches the youngsters that come to her home music studio how to play the piano, she also teaches them lessons on giving to those less fortunate. For the past four years, Inch has organized a Christmas toy drive to support the West Chicago Police Department’s Toys for Tots campaign. This year 33 students and friends of the Debi Inch Piano Studio donated 70 new toys for the children of West Chicago.
“We are excited to give back to our community and especially give to the kids who don’t have as much as we have. Merry Christmas West Chicago!” Inch said. The toys found their way to the grateful hearts of the community’s neediest children after being handed off to Sergeant Mike Zepeda last week at the West Chicago Police Station. Sergeant Zepeda was joined by students of the Studio, and (from right to left) also by U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Roger Gaden, West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda, teacher Debi Inch, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Elect Evelyn Sanguinetti, and Jessica Siletzky.
Toys for Tots, an organization founded by the U.S. Marine Corps, was chosen because of Inch’s own connection to the U.S. military. Her son Billy, graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and after five years and two long deployments, has been teaching at the Navel Academy since July, 2013. Her daughter Jessica also served, as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps Band in San Diego for four years. She and her husband Joel have lived in West Chicago for 28 years. The gifts were taken to a local warehouse where they were sorted and distributed through DuPage County.
The West Chicago Police Department will continue to take in toys after Christmas for a short period of time for those last minute requests that could not be filled before Christmas.