“Love your neighbor as yourself…”

Matthew 22:38

 

While helping to distribute food one morning at the COOL Food Pantry East,  I was struck by the awesome love for our neighbors in need that God has enabled all of us to be a part of through COOL Ministries.   On that day, more than 100 of our neighbors arrived and each left carrying with them boxes and bags filled with grocery items that their families need and cannot easily afford to purchase. Looking around I saw visitors filling bags with dried and canned beans, pastries, soup, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, chips, and all the bread they could use. Each visitor chose from those items and received pre-packed boxes of staples which included frozen and canned meats, breakfast cereals, beverages, pasta and rice and much more!

People waited patiently for their turn to go through the line, and the able bodied volunteered to help the elderly and disabled carry their heavy boxes to the cars while they waited. Visitors helped each other and bilingual guests translated for those who could not speak English. Social workers arrived with their needy clients. Old friends greeted each other sometimes loudly, as babies slept in car seats. Toddlers munched snacks and older children helped their parents choose the right desert from the shelf.

I thought to myself, how awesome it was to witness God’s great love for the poor that day at the food pantry!  As Christians, we are all taught to “ Love Thy Neighbor ” In fact, this theme is repeated again and again throughout the scriptures.

At COOL Ministries “Loving Thy Neighbor” is demonstrated every day.  Many volunteers work at COOL  helping our neighbors in need with groceries every day. Meanwhile donors show their love for their neighbors in need by supporting COOL fundraisers and making financial contributions. Others work to make sure that homeless families find a place to make a new home at  COOL Family/Transtional housing as they donate time, furniture items, labor and more to help homeless parents and their children.

Sometimes people ask us “ what is COOL?”  The most simple answer is COOL is neighbors helping neighbors.

From one neighbor to another, thank you all for helping your neighbors in this ministry and for your ongoing love, prayers and support!

Diane Thackston

Executive Director 

 



Serving Lake and
McHenry Counties

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COOL Central Offices
800 W. Glen Flora Ave.
Waukegan IL 60085
Phone: 847.662.1340
Fax: 847-662-1255
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Pantry East Waukegan
800 W. Glen Flora Avenue
Waukegan IL 60085
847.662.1230

Hours:
Monday-Friday
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
One Saturday per month 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
call 847.662.1230 for details
You must arrive 15 minutes prior to closing to receive food.

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Pantry West Ingleside
25519 W. Highway 134
Ingleside IL 60041
847.270.0411

Hours:
Mondays: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesdays: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
One Saturday per month 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
call 847.270.0411 for details
You must arrive 15 minutes prior to closing to receive food

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Family Housing Program
800 W. Glen Flora Avenue
Waukegan IL 60085
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Pantry West Sign in Ingleside

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