Interact Club's Efforts Help Community Members in Need

Interact Club's Efforts Help Community Members in Need
Posted on 12/20/2017
Interact Club dedicates Blessing Boxes

(Minooka) - The Minooka Community High School Interact Club recently dedicated two Blessing Boxes that now provide immediate access to non-perishable food items and toiletries to community members in need.

“The Blessing Box process actually began with last year’s Interact board,” Interact Club president Lilly Petersen said. “They saw a news segment on a Blessing Box in a different town and wanted to install one in Minooka. Interact started working on the idea in the beginning of 2017 and into the summer in order to get it running.”

With a tremendous amount of support from the Channahon-Minooka Rotary Club and the Three Rivers Public Library District, the group was able to transform the project from a concept into reality.

“The (Channahon-Minooka) Rotary Club has supported us through this entire process,” Petersen said. “They were really the backbone of the project. They funded all of the materials and helped us find organizations that would help us physically make the boxes.”

“The Three Rivers Public Library has been a huge help, as well,” Petersen said. “They worked with us to place the boxes and offered their help whenever possible.”

“The library’s Minooka branch also allowed us to use their space to dedicate the Blessing Boxes to the community,” Interact Club executive board member Trinity Gillespie added.

In addition, three other groups - Minooka Community High School’s Spanish National Honor Society and Senior Class, and the Chicago Rush South Soccer Organization - held successful collection drives that yielded sizeable donations of goods to keep the Blessing Boxes filled for weeks to come.

The boxes, one of which is located at the library’s Minooka branch and the other at its Channahon branch, were dedicated on Thursday, December 7th.

Now that the boxes are installed and in use, the group is trying to spread the word to community members who could benefit from them, as well as those who would like to donate to them.

“For those who would like to donate to the Blessing Boxes, they can do so personally at either location,” Gillespie said. “We are seeking non-perishable foods such as items like canned meals, packaged rice, potatoes, stuffing, granola items, etc. Also, we invite donations of toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and toothpaste.”

Interact Club sponsor Nicole Bolek is proud of the effort her club and its student leaders, Petersen and Gillespie in particular, have put into this project.

“(Lilly and Trinity) have encouraged and welcomed everyone's help,” Bolek said. “They have embraced the scope of this project. It is very impressive to see the short term and long term planning, creativity and investment of time they have given to our community.”

If you would like to donate to the Blessing Boxes or have any questions about them, please contact Nicole Bolek at nbolek@mchs.net.

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