Yesterday a polite young man came into the HOPE Chest of Pekin asking if we could assist him with some clothes and help get his ID. He had just gotten out of prison and all he had were the clothes he was wearing and his shirt had a hole in it. Yes, we could help him with clothes, hygiene products and food, thanks to our wonderful donors of goods and food and funds. Becky, our Food Pantry Coordinator stocked him up on some hygiene products, socks and as much non perishable vittles that he could carry. We had a very nice pair of athletic shoes which we blessed him with. Men’s clothing is one area that we do not have an abundance of. However, he was not picky and was willing to make size 38 pants and underwear work even though he typically wears 34. We gave him a rolling suitcase so he could carry everything back to where he was staying for now.
This young man is just wanting to get a new start and because of your donations - both to the food pantry and to the thrift store, together, we were able to help him on his way to starting afresh.
Dave Craig, Executive Director, Alice Craig, Office Manager, Sue Kerr, Director of Marketing, Rhonda Greene, Hope Cupboard and the rest of our great staff and volunteers here at The HOPE Chest