To the Editor:
This Thanksgiving marked the 27th Community Harvest, the annual community service food drive event organized by the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
We could not be more grateful to the community members for all of their support and all those who came out to sort and pack the donated food items. For many volunteers, including many multiple generation families, Community Harvest has become a tradition as a way to set an example for younger generations on how to be a good neighbor and members of their community by giving back. This is how they start their holiday season.
The generosity of our community to donate food and funds, to give of their time to prep and collect and to the thousands who come in the spirit of the day to sort and pack the donated food items. It is a sea of generosity for the betterment of our community.
Thank you to everyone on the Community Harvest Committee for your dedication and hard work. An event of this magnitude requires a lot of effort on the part of so, so many; organizing and working at food drives around town, picking up donations from drop sites, setting up the event site or just pitching in where you can.
Last year’s event was a very successful “harvest” with 72,136 pounds of food and $50,067 collected.
This year’s Harvest hopes to surpass those totals, but final numbers will not be available for several weeks as donations continue to flow in.
Next year, join the fun. We are always open to even more volunteers and donations. Mark your calendars for Thanksgiving morning 2018.
Thanks for always giving!
Community Outreach Coordinator for the Crystal Lake
Chamber of Commerce