Christ United Methodist will send out the first shipment Dec. 26.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
The families of Sandy Hook, Conn., are in need, but how does one help when the need can't be answered with food or money? Pastor Joane Patton-Seaton at Christ United Methodist Church in Elmhurst is asking all members of the community to send notes of condolence and encouragement to those who lost loved ones in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday. When tragedy strikes, she said, we are often at a loss for words and want to help but don't know where to start. The families in Connecticut don't need clothes, food, toys or money, but they do need to know they are in our thoughts and prayers, she said. Patton-Seaton asked the congregation of Christ United Methodist to bring in cards of condolence to send to the grieving families…
End result: 4,000 jars in just one day from 18 donation points.
When John Williams from WGN Radio read that the price of peanut butter was rising, he got a nutty idea. Peanut butter is a major staple at food pantries because of its long life and protein content. With prices on the rise, representatives at Greater Chicago Food Depository were worried the supply would dwindle. They don't have to worry anymore. It started when Williams set out a collection box at Tribune Tower. He spoke about the drive on his radio show and word spread quickly. Becky Nemchock, secretary at Christ United Methodist Church in Elmhurst, called the station and let them know the church also would provide a drop-off point for people in DuPage County who wanted to help but couldn't get their donations downtown. Eighteen other …