In All Things, Give Thanks!

By Tatum Bartlett | Friday, November 12, 2010

This week’s event round-up is dedicated to opportunities of selflessness and giving, for tis the season to give thanks, and what better way to show your thanks than to support the community you call home?

Gifts are packaged in all ways, some with ribbons and bows, some with a heart wide open. The Northcenter Neighborhood Association will be serving up their Annual Thanksgiving Lunch at the Northcenter Senior Satellite Center at 4040 N. Oakley on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed for shifts 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. to help serve lunch and clean up. If you are interested in lending a hand, please email the Northcenter Neighborhood Association at info@northcenterneighborhood.org

Concordia Lutheran Church (3855 N. Seeley) will host its annual Rummage Sale and Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adult and children’s clothing and books, toys galore, Christmas items and ornaments, Scentsy Wickless Candles, and plenty of delectable goodies from an old fashioned bake sale are just a sample of the items available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Church Ministries. If you would like to sell your own things, tables are available to rent for $25, or the Church will accept donations of personal items to sell. Call (773) 281-1225 for details.

The Common Pantry (3744 N. Damen) is Chicago’s oldest continually-operating food pantry, and it depends on community volunteers for the greater part of its initiatives. The nonprofit employs only one staff member; all other roles are filled on a volunteer basis. Food donations, financial contributions, group volunteer projects, or time devoted during preparation hours, distribution sessions, or with the home delivery program, all equally serve a “common” goal: to provide 300 North Side households a month with emergency food supply. For more information on how to get involved, call (773) 327-0553.

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