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High Holiday Food Drive
Both kosher and non-kosher food will be collected and donated to the ARK. Shopping bags will be distributed to congregants at Rosh Hashanah services and should be returned at Yom Kippur services to First United Methodist Church.

Bernie’s Books
JRC is working with Bernie's Book Bank to increase book ownership for at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. Please bring new or gently-used books with you to First United Methodist Church during High Holiday services. Books should be appropriate for kids from birth-6th grade.  No encyclopedias or other reference works.  

Bundled Blessings
We are partnering with First United Methodist Church to provide diapers for Bundled Blessings, the only “diaper bank” in Evanston. Bundled Blessings currently makes monthly distributions of diapers to six social service agencies in the Evanston area, and has diaper drop-off barrels in five locations throughout Evanston and one in Morton Grove. Here are some of the facts: keeping a baby or toddler in diapers can add up to more than $100 per month, per child; many low-income families rely on the Illinois LINK card (formerly known as food stamps) which cannot be used to buy diapers; cloth diapers are not an option. Cloth diapers are hard to use without having a washer or dryer at home, and not accepted by day care facilities; There are currently no other diaper banks in Evanston, and local social service agencies indicate there is a strong need for a reliable source of diapers. Please bring packages of new or opened and clean diapers to First United Methodist Church during High Holiday Services.

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