Your monthly update of the happenings at COOL Ministries, where our mission is to give comprehensive assistance to families in need, by reducing hunger and homelessness while encouraging personal growth and self-sufficiency.

COOL Happenings   |   March 2017

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           Finally!   Spring is really returning!   Thalassa Cruso, horticulturalist and PBS host, once described March as: "a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away."  Here is what is happening at COOL Ministries this month:
Happy Anniversary COOL Staff!
Time sure flies!   Though it’s hard to believe COOL has now been at 800 W. Glen Flora Avenue in Waukegan for an entire year.   We still count our blessings every day and are so thankful to the Henderson Foundation for helping us transform our entire Pantry East and Central Offices.
Easter Meals
Unlike the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, our local food bank does not offer a special value for families in need of Easter dinner and Easter holiday items.   Each year, COOL relies on the help of our Church partners and friends to put together Easter meals for families visiting the food pantries.   Easter food donations are accepted daily during open pantry hours.   For questions about food donations, please call Gayle at 847-662-1230.   You may also visit our web site for more information and a printable shopping list for Easter meal items for the food pantries.
Help Them to Hope!
COOL and several other organizations received funds this month from Help Them to Hope!   It is truly a blessing each year to open the Lake County News Sun every day beginning at Thanksgiving and watch the fund grow throughout the holiday season.   Donors large and small contribute to Help Them to Hope so that organizations like COOL can give hope to our neighbors in need when they find themselves with no place else to turn.   On behalf of all of us at COOL we extend our thanks to the entire community for supporting this cause that helps COOL and others to continue our missions of service to those less fortunate!
Annual Plant Sale
The annual COOL Plant Sale is now underway.   Order forms can be printed directly from the our web site.   The COOL Plant sale has an amazing variety of high quality plants that can be pre-ordered and picked up on the Saturday before Mother’s day (May 13th).   A limited variety can also be purchased on the day of the sale.   You won’t want to miss the plant sale, so make sure to turn in your order forms to COOL or your sale representative by March 26th.   Call us at 847-662-1340 if you have questions.
Yankee Candle Sales
COOL is happy to be able to offer our friends the chance to purchase spring Yankee Candle items for a limited time with a generous 40% of all purchases going directly to our programs to support 'Feeding the Hungry & Housing the Homeless!'   Online sales are the easiest way to purchase but order forms are also available.   Just visit COOL's web site and click the candle link to begin your Yankee Candle shopping. For questions or for order forms and catelogues, just call Mindy at 847-662-1340.
Get Ready to Tee Off!
Golfers mark your calendars as the 14th Annual COOL Golf Outing is coming to Glen Flora Country Club on Monday July, 10th 2017.   You won’t want to miss your chance to play this exclusive course and help COOL to Feed the Hungry and House the Homeless!   A brochure with all of the details is available on our web site.   COOL is also in need of volunteers and sponsors to help make this event a success.   Let us know if you can help!
Go 'Nuts' with COOL!
Terri Lynn Nuts has partnered with COOL to offer quality nuts and snacks for every appetite. Even better, 30% of every purchase goes to COOL to help feed the hungry and house the homeless. Details for ordering online are available at our web site.
In February, the COOL Food Pantries issued food to 4,057 individuals in 1,687 households.   This was enough food to prepare more than 48,684 meals.
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Our Food of the Month:

* for March is tuna

* for April is juice or powdered milk
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