Sunday, September 20, 2009

Invitation to help neighbors: Niles Township Food Pantry food drive Oct 3

This just in from Cathy Struzynski...

The Niles Township Food Pantry had an urgent need for cereal, toilet paper and shampoo this month. In response to that need, a group of 13 volunteers participated in the September food drive last Saturday, September 12, at the Jewel at Village Crossing in Niles. Our neighbors were generous and we collected more than 20 shopping carts full of food and toiletries, along with $217.00 in cash and a $100.00 check!

However, more than 1000 families use the Food Pantry and pantry director Cynthia Carranza explained that our haul would be depleted in just three days. To help keep the shelves stocked, the October food pantry drive is scheduled for October 3 at the Jewel located at 9449 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. and we would like four people for each shift. Please let me know your availability for one (or two) one hour shifts and indicate your first, second and third choice for each shift. Once I receive responses, I will confirm your scheduled time. The shifts are:

9:30 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:30
The last shift will include assisting in unloading the food at the food pantry.

As significantly more people are using the food pantry in recent months our contributions are valuable. The response from our neighbors is positive and the volunteers from last Saturday expressed how good it feels to help others in our community. Volunteering for at least one hour is an easy way to help people who are experiencing hard times. Please respond with your availability, indicating the number of shifts you can cover and your first, second and third choice for each shift.

Thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at

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