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Let it Grow

As we mentioned last week, we are looking for garden enthusiasts to help plan and build a garden for a local domestic abuse shelter. We are looking to meet on a Zoom call either Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday or Sunday. This is a kickoff meeting that lays the ground work for what is necessary to start planning. What we are looking to do in the short-term is to estimate the cost of the project. Once we determine what is needed we can see if we can get donations of materials for the garden. We want this garden to be the oasis that is needed for the clients. Let me know what day works best and I will schedule a call. If you cannot make the call, I will keep you in the loop to help plan the space.

In the Bag

Thank you everyone for the Chi Tung bags  and other reusable bags. Please keep them coming. We love using these bags when packing groceries for our neighbors.  If you have any of the reusable bags  lying about, please consider donating them to us? If you cannot drop them off at the church, email me directly and we can figure some way to get the bags.

Lights, Camera, Action

Last week we discussed creating an online movie class for the students in the area, both elementary and high school. We are looking to have the students make films on Being a Student in the Time of COVID. We are lining up industry speakers and working around their schedule. We will keep you posted.

Some exciting news

We are partnering with a group in Mt Greenwood to open a food pantry named Pat’s Pantry. This would allow us to reach nearly the entire 19th ward. I met with the team and we provided three car loads of food to help them to stock up for the opening day on March 24th. The Beverly Review wrote a lovely article.

Family, friends stock Pat’s Pantry with love


Get the Band Back Together

I am happy to let you know that we will be hosting our good friends and partners at the BAPA Free Store. The Free Store was the brainchild of Turpin Cares. They initially supplied hygiene and first aid to the homeless. Yet with the onset of the pandemic, the shelters closed, Turpin Cares pivoted. At that time, we started up the 19th Ward Mutual Aid. We discussed last May to open a Free Store, partnered and hosted by BAPA. The BAPA Free Store opened at the end of May 2020. Ten months later with thousands of items distributed to thousands of our neighbors who visited. The BAPA Free Store is joining us tomorrow to make sure that we are not letting anyone fall through the cracks.

We are so very appreciative of everyone’s support and patience. Since we have food boxes we could use a some volunteers to help out with the distributing food. If you have some time, we start setting up around 2PM at the Morgan Park Presbyterian Church located at 11052 S Longwood Dr. in Morgan Park. It would be great if you can make it out and join us.

As always: Everyone is welcome. No ID needed. Take what you need. No questions asked.

After all, it is Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

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