Nearly 440 local families received Christmas boxes

To the editor:

Once again, the spirit of giving time and energy was alive and well throughout Fairfield during The Lord?s Cupboard of Jefferson Country Christmas Box distribution project. Nearly 440 families consisting of well over 1,000 people were provided food for the holidays. The board of directors and staff of The Lord?s Cupboard would like to extend our thanks to all those in our community that so willingly supported this project in some way that makes this project possible.

The following thank you list helps everyone see just how many hands it takes and how much is involved to implement this project. Every single business, group, and individual is critical.

Thank you to Jan Fontana, Sally Johnston, and Ron Hunerdosse for their willingness to be team leaders throughout the four months of organization that this project requires.

Thank you to the First Church of the Nazarene for allowing us to use their facility to stage, package and distribute the food boxes; Connelly Inc. for the use of trash receptacles and quick service throughout the project; Creative Edge for storing 500 banana boxes; Dexter Laundry for providing a truck and manpower to move the banana boxes to the distribution site.

Thank you to Anderson Tooling for forklift support and driver; Justin Clements for forklift support; Hill Phoenix for the cardboard inserts used with the banana boxes; Agency United Methodist Men for providing hundreds of pounds of free potatoes; Larry Bentler for candy for the over 1,000 recipients.

We also thank Frontline Printing for the quick turnaround of time sensitive printing; Libertyville Savings Bank for support of the recipient mailing; Rusty Muntz, Melvin Diehl, and Dave Dickey for enclosed trailers and trucks for transporting food to the distribution site; the Knights of Columbus, Farm Bureau members, and many friends for your help in moving food from the Cupboard and staging the food in preparation of packing the boxes.

We appreciated a platoon of Hy-Vee staff who transported tons of food from the store and helped stage it for distribution across two very early mornings; Fairfield Public Works for delivery and use of barricades; Rotary for providing box carriers on distribution day; numerous former school administrators, teachers and many friends for packing perishable bags and boxes the day of the distribution; Joe Carr for managing the massive amount of cardboard that is produced throughout the preparation and distribution of the boxes.

We salute Ray Mottet for his organizational expertise needed during the staging and distribution of the boxes; members of the National Guard who were a tremendous help in carrying food boxes for recipients, moving all remaining food and materials back to the Cupboard, and returning bread pallets and milk crates back to Hy-Vee; and the multitude of volunteers that help prepare the banana boxes and food for packing, as well as all those that actually pack the boxes.

The Christmas box project would not be possible without the very generous contributions of food and money from churches, organizations, and individuals throughout the community.

Again, thank you and blessings to each and every one of you! Until next year!


- Vicki Carr, Christmas Box Project Coordinator for The Lord?s Cupboard of Jefferson County