Shortly after the state was put on a “stay-at-home” order, Rotary District 6440 decided to try to do some good in its communities. Our district has 68 clubs in the suburbs. They reached out to the clubs and offered a district grant to any clubs that were going to help with a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
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Shortly after the state was put on a “stay-at-home” order, Rotary District 6440 decided to try to do some good in its communities. Our district has 68 clubs in the suburbs. They reached out to the clubs and offered a district grant to any clubs that were going to help with a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our club decided we wanted to help the FISH food pantry of McHenry. The food pantry helps so many people in our community and their need has increased. We decided to spend $1,000 and the district matched our money dollar for dollar. In the past, we have helped them with having a personal/cleaning products drive and decided we wanted to help in the same way. These items rarely get donated and are not as available from the Northern Illinois Food bank, where the food pantry purchases a lot of the food that they distribute.
We thought about just going to local chain stores to purchase these items but wanted to help out the small businesses in the community. Tim Wille from Vinyl Frontier Records has a small space in his store he calls the “General Store”. This store in a store and has many of the items we were looking for. He offered these types of items to the community at greatly reduced prices. Much lower than you will find and Walmart, Jewel and other big box stores. We thought, what a great way to help a small business owner in the community at the same time helping the community at large. A win-win situation.
This past Tuesday a few club members went to deliver these items to the food pantry. It felt good to be able to help them again. We took a picture of us with 2 of the pantry directors. As you can see we were able to be socially distant in the picture. We also have a picture of a few of the boxes we delivered. We probably donated 1200+ pounds of these items. Our $2000 purchase probably has a retail value over $4,000 in the stores.
 
 
If you want to learn more about our club we invite you to check out our website at www.mchenrysunriserotary.com. Even though we are unable to meet in person each week, we are still holding our weekly meetings via ZOOM. If you are interested in attending a meeting please reach out to us and we will invite you.  mchenrysunriserotary@gmail.com