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Hello all,

wrap party (noun ˈræp ˌpɑːr.t̬i), a party for the actors and other people involved in making a movie or TV show, to celebrate the end of filming

We want to celebrate our neighbors and our collective struggles.

We want to celebrate our neighbors generosity and love.

We want to celebrate you.

19th Ward Mutual Aid, which runs the Free Store that distributes food at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, Turpin Cares, which runs the Hygiene & First Aid Free Store in partnership with the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) are hosting a Wrap Party and End of Summer Celebration after our last weekly distribution tomorrow September 8th at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church (11052 South Longwood Avenue). The party will start at 4:30PM and will continue till 7:30PM. There will be music and a food truck. The celebration event is an open-house style evening. There will be music by Mike Allemana Quartet (https://youtu.be/eimpUydqUsk)  Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Fat Tommy’s. Beer and wine are permitted; it’s BYOB.  

The other free store, which supplies toiletries and first-aid will continue, as currently planned, through the end of the year.

Event: Food Free Store Wrap Party and End of Summer Celebration

Location: Morgan Park Presbyterian Church 11052 South Longwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60643

Date: September 8, 2021

Time: 4:30-7:30

Volunteer Opportunity

We have a short-noticed volunteer opportunity. We are emptying out the room with all of the coats and clothing. The clothes are packed into bags and we need some volunteers to bring the boxes up and help tarp the boxes. There is a group meeting at the church tonight (9/7) at 7PM. Stop by if you can.

September Events

9/1: BCA HUB Youth and Resource Center rented a truck to drive down to Louisiana. We gave two carloads of donations including hand sanitizer and soap.

9/1: Weekly distribution. Starts at 3PM. We will be joined by the Hygiene & First Aid Free Store

9/4: Beverly Area Alliance community music event. Special guest Melkbelly, Feeders, and Flips. Located Morgan Park Academy. Benefitting local small businesses who support the arts.

9/8: Last regular weekly distribution. Starts at 3PM.

9/8: Food Free Store Wrap Party and End of Summer Celebration at the MPPC Free Store from 4:30 till 7:30PM on the day of our last Food Free Store distribution. See below

9/10: Kellogg Back to School movie in the Park at 5:30 pm Food trucks, fun, and reconnecting with the Kellogg community

9/11: Community of Englewood food give away (73rd and Ashland)

9/12: Rally Day Picnic  at 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Morgan Park Presbyterian Church courtyard.  Food will be provided.

9/19: Ada Park Advisory Council Jazz Event at 111th and Longwood (Metra train station) from 1Pm till 6PM

Highlighting one of our Farm Donators:

We received numerous donations of fresh produce from Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation Urban Farm.  Precious Blood Urban Farm is part of a Restorative Justice Center in the Back of the Yards Neighborhood in Chicago (5114 S. Elizabeth), and works with at-risk youth and young adults to help curb the violence in the neighborhood. Precious Blood has numerous programs including Mentorship, Job Training, Peace Circle Training and Activities, H.S. Education opportunities, WoodShop, Screen Printing, etc. Its Farm is all about “cultivating relationships through engagement, education and access,” so feel free to visit any time you may be in the neighborhood!  It is worth the trip! www.pbmr.org 


Tom Skilling Reports that we will have a wonderful forecast of 77 and partly cloudy. Fun Fact: it rained only three times in Wednesday during our distribution and it never snowed.


If you have some time, consider volunteering. We start setting up around 2PM on Wednesdays at the Morgan Park Presbyterian Church located at 11052 S Longwood Dr. in Morgan Park. If you cannot make the setup, we can really use the help closing up shop too. It would be great if you can make it out and join us.

Wishing you the very best,

Tim Noonan


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