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Ugly Sweater Food Drive Now through December 20th

December 17th, 2019


Friday, December 20th is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and we are dressing down for a cause!  All employees who bring a food pantry donation this week have the option to wear jeans and an ugly sweater or tie to work on Friday.  We invite you to participate with us and are accepting donations at all of our branches now through 12:00pm on Friday, December 20th.  Donations can be made at our Maplewood location until 4:00pm.

Donations will benefit Love in Action Food Pantry.  The Love in Action Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization in Webster Groves, Missouri. Their mission is to care for the vulnerable in the community. They provide families in need with fresh food, clothing and laundry facilities. Their motel ministry offers meals and assistance to people living in low-income, extended stay motels. With each of these ministries, their goal is not only to meet the real physical needs of the poor, but to build loving relationships with them.  Learn more at www.loveinactionpantry.org.

We are accepting all donations for the pantry, but have chosen to focus on the “Top 10” list that was provided by Love in Action Pantry.  These are things that are in high demand, but are seldom donated and the pantry must purchase these items for their patrons when they are able.  They are:

  1. Pepper and Salt – they like large containers that they can divide into small 2 oz containers for their clients
  2. Cinnamon – large containers they can divide
  3. Sugar
  4. Pancake Syrup
  5. Cooking oil or Shortening
  6. Raisins
  7. Salad Dressing (small bottles)
  8. Sugar Substitutes – many clients suffer from diabetes
  9. Vienna Sausages – these are popular for their homeless clientele
  10. Beanie Weenies – these are popular for their homeless clientele

Crock Pots:  Crock pots are needed more than any other appliance.  Many who live in one-room motels have no way of cooking until they get a crock pot.  Pantry clients often pass up taking any meat from the pantry because they have no means to cook it, at which time we like to offer them a new or gently used crock pot.  These offers are almost always met with tears of gratitude.