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Faith

Pasta dinner benefits babies

The fifth annual pasta dinner to raise funds for a local layette program for mothers in need will be held Feb. 16.

Pasta With a Purpose will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

For 25 years, the Women’s Fellowship of the church has made layettes for DeKalb County women who cannot afford clothing, diapers and bedding for their newborns. Each layette includes a blanket, sweater, diapers, pajamas, soap and clothing items, many of which have been homemade by members of the church and community.

Last year, the program donated more than 160 layettes, but the need has expanded. There are more than 75 babies born each month who need these items. The church hosts the spaghetti dinner to help it meet this need. All proceeds will be used to purchase items for the layettes, which are distributed through the DeKalb County Health Department and Safe Passage. Last year’s dinner raised $1,500.

The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread, homemade dessert and drink. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Musical offerings throughout the evening will be provided by the award-winning DeKalb High School boys and girls a cappella choirs and Dr. John Novak from the Northern Illinois University School of Music playing accordion.

For more information or to make reservations, call Connie at the church office at 815-758-0691.

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