To the Editor:
On behalf of the families using our St. Barbara Food Pantry – Thank you! With your generous donations of bags of groceries, toilettries and monetary donations, we were able to feed over 200 families this year for Thanksgiving.
I am so thankful to work in the company of so many individuals who volunteer with our pantry and donate regularly. I am so very thankful for you all.
I apologize in advance for anyone I have missed, but need to recognize the many area churches which contribute to our pantry. In a special way, we want to thank the parishioners of these congregations: St. Barbara, Holy Covenant, MCC, St. Louise de Marillac, St. John of the Cross, Christ Presbyterian Church, the Village Church of La Grange Park, St. Michael Lutheran, Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, First Congregational Church, UCC, New Apostolic Church and the First United Methodist Church of La Grange.
Despite doctrinal difference, we manage to feed the poor in our midst and I am so thankful for every one of these fine churches.
Many community organizations also support the pantry, including Riverside Brookfield High School. Congress Park School, CSA Fraternal Life, Lodge Yankee Jungmann, La Grange Park Police Department, Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, Century of Progress Bila Hora #231, and all the various St. Vincent de Paul societies. We would also like to thank Tom Carlson, the U.S. Postal Service, our local boy scout troops and all who contributed by sponsoring a local food drive. I am thankful that feeding the poor crosses the boarders of individual groups and villages and concerns us all.
We also wish to thank three area businesses which were instrumental in our success. The La Grange Park Jewel/Osco collects donations on our behalf to purchase turkey dinners for our neighbors at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Dennis Tischler, of Tischler's in Brookfield, donates year round to our pantry from his own pockets. He asks his shoppers to buy meals for the poor each time they shop, supplies us with the foods we need at cost and gives us paper bags to distribute the food. Trader Joe's also supplies us with paper bags. I am so thankful for everything you do for the least of us.
Thank you again for your generosity. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.
Sister Margaret Halligan, CSJ,
St. Barbara Pastoral Care