On Saturday February 20, Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley will be hosting a drive-thru ‘Open Your Hearts, Fill The Carts’ Food Drive to benefit the Grafton Food Pantry. It will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot, 10805 Main Street.
“Our Valentine’s Day theme is a sweet way to remind others to love their neighbor and help those in need,” said Mike Yndestad, president of community outreach for the church.
The high school youth group and eighth grade confirmation students, community outreach ministry members, and life group members will accept cash donations and non-perishable items in the church parking lot from donors, who will not be required to leave their car for reasons of convenience and health security.
“Donations are at their lowest this time of year,” said Harriet Ford, Grafton Food Pantry board of directors. “During this very difficult time, efforts such as this food drive greatly contribute to the quality of life of many struggling local families. Our community has a very big heart, and we are very grateful to Shepherd of the Prairie for taking the lead on this issue. initiative with enthusiastic support over the years. They have had great success obtaining gift cards, cash donations, as well as essential food and household items.
Items requested include unexpired and unopened canned meals (i.e. pan dishes, hamburger helpers) and non-perishable foods, as well as personal care items, such as: shampoo / conditioner, lotion, deodorant, feminine products and cleaning products.
Monetary donations are welcome and extend the reach to help others. With every $ 1 donation, the Grafton Food Pantry is able to purchase the equivalent of $ 8 in food to help those in need.
The Grafton Food Pantry in Huntley serves those in need of Huntley, the village of Lakewood, as well as parts of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake. Since January 2020, it has served an average of 471 people per month. To learn more about the pantry, visit graftfoodpantry.org Where www.facebook.com/graftonfoodpantry/.
“Being able to serve our local community serves as a practice in how we as Christians can show God’s love to the world every day,” said Kurtis Arndt, Youth Ministry intern. “Our young people are delighted to smile behind their masks as they look forward to interacting with community members who have the ability to lend a helping hand.”
Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, under the religious leadership of Pastor Mark Boster, has served the Huntley faith community for over 20 years. Visit www.shepherdoftheprairie.com Where www.facebook.com/ShepherdofthePrairie/.