German Club Supports Pantry

posted Jan 12, 2020, 2:47 PM by Bill M   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 2:48 PM ]

Donation from Society to Food Pantry & Self Help Closet

posted Apr 2, 2017, 3:54 AM by Bill M   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 4:32 AM ]

The Chicago Donauschwaben celebrated their annual Christmas Season by donating to the Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Food Pantry.

Each year, members of the Verein’s Kindergruppe and Jugendgruppe collect food items and gift cards for the benefit of the local residents.

The Verein also gave a check for $3,000 to Debra Walusiak, Executive Director of the Self Help Closet and Food Pantry to buy items they still need to fill the great demand.

The Society of the Danube Swabians is grateful for what we have and we want to give back to our local Des Plaines Community and the people that it serves.

We can continue to help the Self Help Closet and Food Pantry by donating throughout the year. The Red Barrels are always in our entrance foyer and we thank you for your generosity throughout the year.

The Red Barrel Program

posted Mar 5, 2016, 4:04 PM by Bill M   [ updated Mar 5, 2016, 4:14 PM ]

$5,000 Donation from Society to Food Pantry & Self Help Closet

The Red Barrel Program helps to keep the shelves stocked with food. These large, red plastic tubs are located in the entrance to our facility and all around Des Plaines. They are in the Chamber of Commerce, Public Library, Park District, City Hall, schools, churches, grocery stores, banks, businesses and many other organizations such as ours.

The Red Barrels can be requested for holiday parties, block parties and other get-togethers where guests might consider donating nonperishable food items. We encourage everyone to participate whenever you can throughout the year. The Donauschwaben always have many activities going on during the week, and we invited you all to help whenever you can. The shelves of the pantry never stay stocked too long. Many people are in need of their help.

The Red Barrel serves as a visual reminder of the Self Help Closet and Pantry’s mission to feed the hungry. Approximately 60 barrels can be found around town, besides the ones located in our facility. They are all helping the needy in our Des Plaines community. The Self Help Closet and Pantry volunteers keep the pantry running. There are currently about 75 volunteers who donate their time either at the pantry or behind the scenes. Whether they work with clients or perhaps perform computer, driving, sorting or clean-up tasks, all the volunteers play an important part in the pantry’s day to day operation.

If you would like to volunteer, there are several ways you can help besides bringing items to put inside our red barrels. Cash donations and grocery certificates are used to replenish pantry shelves. They are also very much appreciated. The Society donates all throughout the year and not only during the holidays. We believe in helping our local community residents. Charity begins in our local neighborhood.

You can learn more about the Self Help Closet and Pantry by going to their facebook or website pages:

...and, ONE more holiday photo before we roll into February! Our loyal donors from the Society of Danube Swabians in Des Plaines presented us with a generous donation of $3,000.00 at their Christmas party, as well as nonperishable food items and several gift cards to benefit our pantry clients - THANK YOU!

Pictured (l to r) are Society President Marianne Strumberger; Rosi Smith, Society member and longtime SHC&P volunteer; and Debbie Walusiak, SHC&P executive director

Donation to Food Pantry

posted Jan 26, 2014, 9:20 AM by Bill M   [ updated Jan 26, 2014, 2:28 PM ]

$5,000 Donation from Society to Food Pantry & Self Help Closet

A $5,000 monetary donation, plus hundreds of food and personal care items, were given to the Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines by the Society.

At their annual combined Christmas party on December 13, the young people of the Society welcomed Debra Walusiak, Executive Director of the Self Help Closet & Pantry. It was the ninth year that our children and youth folk dance groups participated.

President Eckhard Blaumueller presented Walusiak with a check in the amount of $5,000. In addition to the monetary donation given to the Food Pantry, almost 800 non-perishable food and personal care items were collected at the Christmas party, along with $1,135 worth of gift cards, and 51 children’s books. The gift cards and books were selected by the young people themselves to give to children their own age, who may not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season.

The Society’s Board of Directors is proud of its youth, because they have once again shared their good fortune with families in their community who show a demonstrable need.

Although the Christmas season brings in the greatest quantities of food items, the Society collects non-perishable food items and personal care products all year long for the Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines. Large red bins are set out in the building’s entryway and we encourage our members to bring donations at any time. The donations are transported to the Food Pantry on a regular basis by volunteers.

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