Posts tagged "Edgewater"

Older kids often overlooked in toy drive donations

A few years ago I helped set up for the Care for Real toy drive distribution day. This involved sorting donations by age and placing them on the appropriate tables. The age range with the most gifts was 0-3. Those toys were piled onto a row of tables with many more waiting in back for replenishing throughout... Read more »

Toy drive supports Care for Real and 800+ children they serve

Toy drive supports Care for Real and 800+ children they serve
Collections for the Care for Real toy drive start on Saturday, November 22nd. Care for Real is the food pantry for the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago. In addition to providing families in need with food, clothing, school supplies, career counseling, and other services all year, Care for Real runs a toy distribution that last year... Read more »

Adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood

Adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood
When we were looking at houses I never thought to ask, “How many trick-or-treaters do you get?” Neither did my husband. We had no idea that we were moving into a Halloween destination neighborhood. I didn’t even know that Halloween destination neighborhoods existed. Prior to moving into our house, Halloween wasn’t a very big deal... Read more »
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Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Alisa Jordan of No Bags to Check

ChicagoNow bloggers were assigned other ChicagoNow bloggers to interview. I got Alisa Jordan of No Bags to Check, which is generally a travel blog except for this month when she is promoting Alzheimer’s awareness. I’m not sure how our community manager decided which blogger should interview whom. Perhaps he assigned Alisa to me because he... Read more »

Good neighbors make good fences

“Good fences make good neighbors.” That quote from the Robert Frost poem “Mending Wall” is often used to express the way people use fences to create a barrier between them and their neighbors. I’ve found, however, that sometimes fences can bring neighbors together. When we moved into our house there was a short, rusty, chain... Read more »

The magic of a good neighborhood

Saturday was the opening of Maddiebird Bakery in Edgewater. The opening was a must do since we know the owners. What made the day even more thrilling was happening to be there at the same time as Old Single Mom, Mary Tyler Mom, and some parents from my son’s school. That’s the magic of a... Read more »
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Care for Real toy drive provided gifts to 800 children

Care for Real distributed toy drive donations to families on Tuesday, December 17. Executive Director Lyle Allen described this as their best year ever in terms of quantity and quality of donations. According to the Care for Real Facebook page gifts were provided for over 800 children. Thank you to everyone who donated either at... Read more »

Toy drive: Help Care for Real spread joy to kids in need

Toy drive: Help Care for Real spread joy to kids in need
For a lot of people the holidays are a time for joy and excess. For others the holidays only emphasize what they don’t have. As Edgewater’s food pantry Care for Real spends most of its time focusing on providing people with basic needs: food, clothing, and help finding jobs, but each holiday season they also... Read more »

Care for Real in urgent need of school supplies for Edgewater kids

Care for Real in urgent need of school supplies for Edgewater kids
Care for Real will distribute backpacks full of school supplies to kids in need on Tuesday, August, 13. Over 650 families have signed up to receive supplies but according to a recent email from Executive Director Lyle Allen donations have been low this year. Additional donations can be dropped off today, tomorrow or Monday. According... Read more »
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Care for Real school supply drive: Help Chicago kids by shopping

Care for Real school supply drive: Help Chicago kids by shopping
One of my favorite things about school was shopping for brand new school supplies at the beginning of each year. Unfortunately, a lot of families cannot afford to buy their kids the supplies they need for school. This is why Care for Real is again having a school supply drive. They will distribute school supplies to children... Read more »