Kunes employees assemble the distribution sacks for each donation box.

Morrison Food Pantry’s “Words of Thanksgiving”

Submitted by Leveda Ashlin, MFP President

As we enter the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday seasons, we have just seen the heart, and reason for the seasons, by the actions of some of our younger members of this community.
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We especially want to express our gratitude, amazement, and admiration for the young people of our school district. We tend to hear more about the negative than the positive of our youth. This week we had our faith in our young people restored by the actions of several groups who held food drives for us.

The Cottonwood 4-H Club donated 96 pounds of product to us, then the Southside Elementary School “Kindness Club” donated 252 pounds of food items to us and took a tour of our building and got to see our volunteers in action. We were in the process of breaking a record on Thursday, Nov. 16 for one-day distribution at our new facility, after setting one last week.

Chris Krum, the 4-H Leader, indicated that some of the members wanted to volunteer to help at the pantry. A youth group at another school is preparing to hold a drive for us, and several church youth groups are also. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the young people, and to the teachers, and counselors, who mentor them. You truly are shaping our community’s future by your actions.

Kunes Car Dealership delivered 3 skids of boxed food items on Monday the 13th to be given out through the Pantry. This is the second year they have donated food to our Pantry. They order the food items from River Bend Food Bank, who delivers them to the dealerships, and their employees then make up individual sacks for distribution. Please thank them for their support, it makes a big difference. Every dealership participated in this event, donating to their area’s food pantries.

Kunes crew Joe Bielema, Hector Ruiz, Kaedon Capos and Jim Thicksten, from left, delivered 3 skids of food donations.  

We still have some raffle tickets for the Knight DISC Black Powder Rifles, $5 each or 4 for $20. The drawing will be held on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Mahaffey’s on Main, 121 East Main St., during the Morrison Christmas Walk. Please come downtown, support our local businesses, bring your families and friends, and maybe make some new friends.

A new event is being added to the Morrison calendar. On Saturday, Nov. 25, the first annual Turkey Trot 5K Run Walk will kick off to benefit our Food Pantry. Contact Nathan Jacobs, Morrison’s Recreational Services Director, at 815-535-1105 or njacobs@morrisonil.org to register or to get more information. Some pretty cool looking long sleeve T-shirts are being given to the runners, and after the race, if there are leftover shirts, they will be available for the public to purchase. Thank you, Nathan, for your efforts on our behalf.

The Morrison Food Pantry will not be open Thanksgiving week but will open the following Thursday as usual. As you wind down your year, please remember the pantry and mail any donations you may be able to give to Morrison Charitable Food Pantry NFP, P.O. Box 324, Morrison, Il. 61270. Any and all donations are needed and appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving, on behalf of all the food pantry volunteers. We couldn’t do this without your support.

The Southside Kindness Club kids with their donation to the Morrison Food Pantry.

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