EMAIL FROM THE SALVATION ARMY:
We serve breakfast to families of moms who are at least 7 months
pregnant or who have a child under 1 year old. After breakfast the men
go to a class as do the children from 4 and up. Then the moms shop for
free diapers, baby wipes, used baby clothes and toys, etc.
We need volunteers to help serve breakfast, or maybe
carry cereal bowls to the tables or watch babies in carriers while mom
helps herself to breakfast.
also help in the kitchen by cutting oranges into wedges and bananas into
pieces. Serving tables need to be set up. After breakfast the kitchen
must be cleaned.
We need volunteers to watch toddlers (under adult supervision) and sing songs with them or play with blocks and other toys.
are always needed to help moms shop for free
items. Mom is often holding the baby and the volunteer holds the
shopping bag as mom selects items. Sometimes volunteers assist mom get
the items out to the car. (We occasionally have used strollers and
Volunteers could help on Friday night before the Saturday
distribution and set up the temporary store. It involves moving large
bins of clothing and laying items on tables by gender and size. Cases of
diapers and baby wipes must also be moved.
The reverse of Friday night is also an occasion for volunteers. The
store must be torn down and all items cleared. The eating area must be
vacuumed and ready for others to use.
We start in the kitchen at 7 a.m. We are often done by 11 and out of the building.
The Salvation Army is located at 609 W. Dempster in Des Plaines (near Elmhurst Road).