HARVEY | Restoration Ministries held its annual Thanksgiving Box of Love distribution on Monday and provided turkeys and groceries to 150 families.
The Harvey Fire Department, the South Holland Fire Department, the Korean Methodist Church of Homewood, employees of Retriever Merchant Services in South Holland, and graduates of Harvey House and Tabitha House, Restoration Ministries’ residential drug recovery programs, donated the turkeys. The families who received Boxes of Love participate in its Food Pantry, After-School Program, Harvey Boxing Club and Gallery of Arts center.
Volunteers from First Christian Reformed Church of Lansing along with Harvey high school students and Harvey House residents assembled and helped distribute the “Boxes of Love” which were filled with all the groceries needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal including stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, gravy, corn bread mix, vegetables, sweet potatoes and cake mix. Turkeys were given with each Box of Love.
Restoration Ministries’ next holiday outreach program is its annual Christmas Toy Store, which will take place Dec. 19. New toys are needed for this unique program, where parents can shop for toys. Toys are priced from $1 to $5, which gives parents a sense of self-sufficiency and dignity because they are able to select and pay for gifts for their children. Donations of new, unwrapped toys would be appreciated and should be dropped off by Dec. 13 at Restoration Ministries, 253 E. 159th St. in Harvey.
For more information on the Christmas Toy Store and other ways to help this holiday season, call (708) 333-3370.