CARPENTERSVILLE – The force behind the consignment shop Trendy Tots decided to give back to the community as she celebrated the one-year anniversary of the store.
Tammi Rojek, a Huntley mother of four children who created Trendy Tots at 7020 Huntley Road to save families money on baby gear and children’s clothes, marked the store’s first anniversary Saturday with a community service project – collecting diapers and nonperishable food for FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville.
“There’s people in this area who are in need, and I like to tie a community function into throwing parties,” Rojek said. “When we are having an anniversary party, there’s a lot of traffic, and it’s a great time to collect.”
The donations didn’t stop with the one day. Visitors to the shop can bring diapers, canned food and other nonperishable items to a collection bin until Aug. 30, when Rojek will take the donations to the FISH pantry, which services low-income families.
Such efforts aren’t new to Rojek. A daughter of a retired pastor, said she grew up in community service, and her upbringing was partly the motivation to start Trendy Tots.
“We were always helping others less fortunate than us, and I wanted to keep going with it,” Rojek said.
The Trendy Tots owner said she plans to keep doing small-scale community projects.