With the spirit of giving in the air, volunteers at Norridge Citadel Salvation Army, 8354 W. Foster Ave., Norridge, worked to create a happier Thanksgiving.
The Kids Care Can Sorting event took place Nov. 20 with helpers ranging from kindergarten to teenagers opening boxes and sorting cans of Thanksgiving- type food. Pastas, peanut butters and other eats were also included.
“We had kids from our character building programs come to the gym and open all the boxes,” community ministry’s director Pamela Church Pryor said.
Students from the character building program’s girl guards, adventure core and sun beams participated in the event
On Nov. 21, 10 employees from US Cellular helped box and package the food. State Sen. John G. Mulroe, D-10th of Chicago, and his chief of staff, Kim Stark, helped package boxes too.
Church Pryor gave each volunteer a paper as to what foods will go in each box. The boxes were according to family size, with 156 boxes for family sizes one through three. When those were finished, the volunteers packaged 77 boxes for families with sizes four to six, and then nine boxes for families with seven members and up.
On Nov. 22, the families picked up the food at the Salvation Army. A volunteer helped these families to their cars with the box of goodies.
Parkway Bank employees went to the Salvation Army in October and November and helped register families who would qualify for the food.
“They know how to handle delicate information,” Church Pryor said.
A family can qualify to receive a box of food based on their income and if they reside in the Norridge area. The families are then allowed to receive food for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If the families have small children, at Christmastime the kids are able to pick a toy from the Salvation Army’s toy shop.
“I know their circumstances,” Church Pryor said. “The people who receive the boxes are very grateful. They are so pleased with how they are treated when they come here.”
Church Pryor insists that all participants are treated with dignity and respect.
“We try to make it as enjoyable process as ever,” she said
The Salvation Army has been in its existing facility for 32 years. Workers been doing this type of giving every year in some fashion.