Event Recap: Sept. 2, 2019 H.E.L.P.S Ministry Labor Day Cookout

Thanks to all the Food For Friends volunteers who gave their time for this event.   For more pictures from this event, go to our album on Facebook titled 2019Sept02 HELPS Labor Day Cookout.

We had a wonderful group of volunteers for this event!

On Monday, September 2, 2019, H.E.L.P.S Ministry hosted its annual Labor Day cookout for the community of St. Charles and Elgin.  This was the first time that Food For Friends partnered with H.E.L.P.S Ministry for this event.

The H.E.L.P.S Ministry is a chapel, food pantry and shelter that serves St. Charles and Elgin providing food and clothing to those in need.

The day started off with our volunteers arriving and doing all the set up work to get the serving  line ready for our guests.  There was a bunch of work to do as we were expecting to serve a lot of food.

Before you knew it, there was an eager crowd of people assembling…  all ready for a great cookout!

The meal included all the traditional food one might expect at a cookout!  There were hot dogs, pork chops cooked in greens, cowboy beans, and potato salad.   In addition, the guests could also choose from grilled sausage, hamburgers, and barbecued ribs.  There was tons of food…  all provided by Food For Friends!

The volunteers kept the food tables filled and the plates too as the guests came up for their meals (and second helpings!).  One little boy, 18 months was smitten with one of the volunteers. They sang the ABC song several times and counted to 5. The little boy’s aunt appreciated the rest so she could enjoy her meal.

The weather was amazing!  Just a perfect day for a cookout.  We had music playing.  Kids were playing games and some of the guys played basketball.

Guests arrived and left throughout the day.  From 12:00 to 5:30, there were about 100 guests.  The last guests left (well fed) at 5:15 p.m..  As they did we could hear them  asking when the next event would be.

As we were leaving the event, a H.E.L.P.S. volunteer came up to one our volunteers and said “Thank you to Food for Friends for providing  the food and volunteers for the event, H.E.L.P.S. appreciates the partnership.”

Thanks to all our volunteers.   For this event, we had a number of first time volunteers.   It was great watching how they interacted with the guests.  They all mentioned that they are looking forward to more opportunities to serve with Food For Friends.

A big Thank you to Dan Thorne, HELPS volunteer, for co-leading event with Theresa Kyriazes, FFF volunteer.  And a special thank you to Theresa for recruiting her friends to serve at HELPS! You were all amazing!