Today is Giving Tuesday. In the spirit of the day, we would like to invite you to join us in looking right in your own communities for opportunities to help those in need.

This quote stood out to us today, "...Rather than prop up a charity system, we aim to foster self-agency and a sense of community, where we all take care of one another and work toward a common good." - Northeast Arkansas Mutal Aid Society


Right here in Southern Illinois, we have many wonderful organizations doing amazing work each and every day. Heaven's Kitchen, Centerstone, The Promise, Night Shield, Lighthouse Shelter, just to name a few. Please visit their Facebook pages for more information and see if they fit into your personal mission.


Also, food pantries are in major need. After the cancelation of Scouting For Food, we started asking questions. We have learned much more about food pantries in the last few weeks. Many of those who depend on the local pantries for food also have children at home and often the children are preparing the food themselves. They need more than canned vegetables. They need "one can or box = a meal" type of items. We are here to tell you, a little goes a long way.


Here is a list of the food items needed in pantries:


Canned Chicken

Canned Tuna

Chef Boyardee Canned Pastas

Macaroni and Cheese

Canned Fruit Cocktail

Individual Fruit Cups

Breakfast/Granola Bars

Regular-size Box of Cereal

Regular-size Peanut Butter

Instant Rice

Chicken Noodle Soup

Vegetable Soup

Tomato Soup




We have experienced it firsthand, you can make a big difference right in your own backyard with a donation to a local food pantry, volunteering, and/or making a monetary contribution.


Join us in our commitment to giving to local communities.


Joe and Nina Helleny



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