Cheetah Gym Hosts Annual Prom Dress Drive
For the second year, Care for Real is hosting our Prom Dress Drive for teens in need. From now until April 30, drop off dresses, jewelry, makeup, accessories or shoes at Care for Real or the lobby at Cheetah Gym, 5248 N Clark St. This year, Care for Real is also accepting tuxedos, suits and other formal shoes! Donations at Care for Real will be accepted Monday-Friday from 9am – 3:30pm and Saturday 9am – 12:30pm at the back door only.
Amazon Smile and Cyber Monday
There’s more than one way to support Care for Real these days.
If you like online shopping, switch from going to amazon.com to smile.amazon.com during this year’s Cyber Monday and all year long.
Nothing changes in terms of prices or items offered to you, but Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the organization that you select. You can go to smile.amazon.com, choose Care for Real as your organization and start giving back now. Avoid the crowds during the holiday season and use Amazon Smile for all your gift shopping needs!
Care For Real Drive Seeks Prom Dresses For Those In Need
Care for Real is collecting Prom Dresses, jewelry and cosmetics thru Saturday, April 6. Drop off Monday – Friday 9:00am-3:45pm and Saturdays 9:00am-12:45pm.
We are also grateful to our friends at Cheetah Gym for offering to accept donations on our behalf at 5248 N. Clark Street.
Read more about The Drive here in Edgeville Buzz:
Chicago Market Co-Op Pop Up, March 5
Chicago Market will host their next Co-op Pop-Up Market from 2-5 p.m. March 5 at the Swedish American Museum. The market’s theme is Bulk-Up!, a perfect showcase for lots of bulk items (flours, grains and lots more) as well as vegetables, fruits, dairy, coffee, laundry detergent and other goods that are available during late winter in Chicago. Stop by and meet some of the folks from Care for Real – we will have a table seeking food and monetary donations.
Sacred Heart School Cares for Real
Care for Real hosts students from Sacred Heart Schools Chicago each month and they are such a terrific group. Check out the shoe donations they helped secure for our clients! We are now distributing more than 11,000 articles of clothing, personal care items and books each month – the shoes will help us keep up with the increase in need we’re facing in 2016.
Chicago Market Thanksgiving Pop-Up, November 21
Chicago Market: A Community Co-op is partnering with Care for Real on a special event – The Chicago Market Thanksgiving Co-op Pop-Up! The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 21, at The Foxhole (2444 W. Montrose Ave), from2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local farmers and producers will come together for a farmers market. You’ll be able to pick up everything you need for your holiday feast. You can even order local, organically-raised Thanksgiving turkeys in advance and pick them up there. RSVP is required. Register here: http://bit.ly/CMPopUp
Participating vendors include Meadow Haven Farm, Genesis Growers, Seedling Fruit, Scrumptious Pantry, Green Acres Farm, Three Sisters Garden, 1871 Dairy, Sauce & Bread, Katherine Anne Confections and more. Chicago Market is a cooperativegrocery store dedicated to local foods that is forming on the north side of the city. With more than 670 Owners already on board, Chicago Market aims to bring the bounty of local food to a big, beautiful full-service grocery store by the beginning of 2017. Learn more and become an Owner at www.chicagomarket.coop.
Care for Real will be hosting a table at the Pop-Up. Attendees can make a donation or they can buy a little extra from our farmers there and drop it off at the table. Our local farmers sell more produce, those in need won’t go hungry, and our entire community grows stronger.
Refugee One hosts Food Drive on behalf of Care for Real!
Our friends at Refugee One conducted a Food Drive in support of Care for Real. Check out the incredible donations!
Thank you Peterson Garden Project!
The team from Peterson Garden Project donated starter plants (including a variety of very cool heirloom tomatoes) and spent the morning sharing the plants, talking to clients about “growing your own,” inviting clients to join them at cooking classes and helping us out on a busy Care for Real food distribution day.
Sending much love to this terrific group of friends and supporters. Thanks to you all!
France to force big supermarkets to give away unsold food to charity
Great story and worth a read. So grateful to all the supermarket and wholesale food partners who donate to Care for Real (we currently run 2 pantry vans 7 days a week picking up in kind donations). Now distributing more than 120,000 lbs. of food each month, we couldn’t keep up with demand for assistance without these important donors vital to our operations.
PACK THE CAR this weekend!
PACK the CAR will be rolling out on Saturday, March 28th from 9:00AM – Noon at the northeast corner of Berwyn and Clark collecting non-perishable food, clothing and monetary donations (check should be written to Care For Real).
Please visit www.packthecar.com for future dates. Thanks Steven and Gregg!
Sacred Heart Valentines
Whenever the students from Sacred Heart Schools Chicago visit Care for Real, we love how the facility is filled with their joy and laughter. This week, 7th graders made Valentine Cards for us to distribute to clients on the day of the holiday – and our senior population will especially love these little works of Art.
Steep Theatre supporting Care for Real
Steep Theatre sent a crew over to Care For Real to help out with their holiday drive. The team continued to support our organization throughout December including a food/toy drive at their annual holiday party Saturday evening!
Salon Echo hosts Holiday Food Drive for Care for Real
On Friday, December 12, Salon Echo will be hosting a Holiday Open House from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Bring a friend and enjoy complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, hair tips & spa treatments, door prizes and much more! And our Salon Echo friends and supporters will be collecting non-perishable food items and pet supplies so please remember to drop off donations.
They’ll continue to collect donations on behalf of Care for Real through the month of December. Thanks to Maria and her staff for all your support!
ECRA Thanksgiving Interfaith Service, Sunday, Nov. 23 at St. Ita’s Church
Over 40 years, the religious leaders of our community came together to form Care for Real. The Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA) are still engaged in our organization. On Sunday, November 23, 3:00pm-5:00pm, St. Ita’s Catholic Church, 1220 W. Catalpa at Broadway, will host this year’s Thanksgiving Interfaith Service bringing our community together as one. Food donations and a special offering will take place in support of Care for Real. We hope to see you there!