Letter to Editor – Good Samaritan Ministries

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To the editor:

CARLINVILLE (Dec. 21, 2017) – The Good Samaritan Ministries Board of Directors/Carlinville Food Pantry and the families it serves would like to thank everyone for their generous support during 2017! The food pantry continues to see more than 200 families each month. Without the help from the community, there are a lot of families who would not have enough food. Many families are feeling their lives pulled in many directions at this time of year and need help. We really appreciate the many food drives that are held for us throughout the year. We have garden produce in the summer from gardens large and small, including the Glory Garden! And we are grateful for the help that we receive each month from two Boy Scout troops and a Girl Scout troop who help us with our “shopping” at the local Dollar General. With volunteers from nearly every church in the area, we are able to maintain regular “shopping” hours for our families. There are numerous other volunteers who help with vehicle availability, loading and unloading food. With the help of Blackburn’s community service program, we have a wonderful student worker this year!

We benefit from multiple food drives throughout the year — the Boy Scouts, the post office, the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, and most recently the food drive coordinated by CNB — along with many others and help from local churches.

We continue to be amazed and feel very blessed with the generosity and caring spirit of this community! Our families are very lucky to receive help from you and we know it will continue through 2018 and beyond. We are planning an open house at the pantry in March and hope that community members will visit us and see how their donations and support are shared.

Thank you so much!

Carlinville Good Samaritan Ministries/Food Pantry Board of Directors — Roger Anderson, Karen Dillon, Donna Eiffert, Erika Frelander, Peggy Garrison, Pastor John Henry, Carl Hallbauer, Dale Kasten, Jim Knetzer, Linda Leefers, Shelly Peffer, Alice Pressler, Susan Pressler, Paula Robinson, Larry Rodgers, Ginger Schuette and Jim Whitehead