Hope and Friendship Foundation is encouraging members of the community to donate sack lunch necessities, notes of inspiration, support, valentines and if possible, to volunteer to help pack up to 500 “sack lunches with spirit.”
The lunches will be distributed to Morningstar and Daybreak missions in Joliet, as well as to seniors who enjoy meeting for lunch at the Lemont Township Community Center with the CNN lunch program and seniors who reside at St. Francis Residence at Holy Family Villa.
Vounteers are needed to help assemble the lunches at 11 a.m. Feb. 9, at the Lemont Township office at 1115 Warner Ave., then delivered by friends of Hope and Friendship to friends at the missions and senior centers for their pre-Valentine’s Day lunches.
Here’s what to donate for the sack lunches:
- Loaves of bread
- Jars of peanut butter and jelly
- Lunch meat
- Individually wrapped cheese slices
- Non-perishable snacks (granola bars, breakfast bars, nuts, packaged cookies)
- Cases of single-serving bottles of water
- Snack bags of chips pretzels and other lunch items
Food items may be dropped off at the Lemont Township office during business hours in the days just prior to Feb.9.
And here’s what’s needed for the “spirit” part:
Hope and Friendship Foundation is hoping members of the community will create and donate at least 1,000 uplifting notes, inspiring quotes and Valentines (enough to include at least two in each sack lunch). The group also welcomes donations of $5 gift cards to McDonald’s, Burger King or Subway, which be tucked into each sack to provide another lunch for every mission client and senior who receives a “sack lunch with spirit.”
Drop off notes, valentines and gift cards in the lobby of the Lemont Police Department or Lemont Township office anytime before Feb. 9. Monetary donations in the form of checks may also be mailed to Hope and Friendship Foundation at 721 Hickory St., Lemont, IL 60439.