Event Recap: Cristo Rey Thanksgiving Blue Bag Event

On Saturday November 23, 2019 Food For Friends partnered with Pastor Eddie Rivera and the church members at Elgin’s Cristo Rey (Iglesia de Cristo en Elgin) to assemble Blue Bags and distribute them along with a frozen turkey to needy members of the surrounding communities.

For this event, Food For Friends provided the Frozen Turkeys, Blue Bags and t-shirts for volunteers to wear during the assembly and distribution of the bags. Cristo Rey took care of getting donations for the food to put in the Blue Bags as well as finding volunteers from the church membership to assemble the Blue Bags. Cristo Rey also organized a group of children to hand write a personal note that would be included in the Blue Bag along with a New Testament booklet.

A personal note of hope for the holidays, written by a child, was included in every Blue Bag

In total, the volunteers put together 125 blue bags. Each Blue Bag contained the following

  • 2 cans of Canned Fruit
  • 2 Cans of Vegetables (Corn, Green Beans, etc..)
  • 1 box instant Potatoes
  • 1 box stuffing
  • 1 canned Yams
  • Hot Chocalate or coffee
  • 1 brownie box or cake mix
  • A personal note written by a child
  • A New Testament booklet  

Those 125 Blue Bags were then distributed along with a frozen turkey as follows:

For pictures from this event, see the photo album on our Facebook page titled 2019Nov23 Cristo Rey Blue Bag event. The following is an email we received a couple days after the event from Pastor Eddie Rivera from Cristo Rey.

To: Food For Friends
Subject: Blue Bags 2019 Thanksgiving

We completed this project with great success. Thank you for all that contributed to this year distribution. Thank you to food for Friends for allowing us to participate.

Here are some great stories.

  • One of our members neighbor was having a difficult financial times and broke in tear after receiving one of the groceries bags and said “It is so great to know someone is thinking of us”.
  • One individual walked in into the church lobby and began sharing her situation of being very sick and the hard times they are going through.
  • A co-worker of a member of the church, has been through a divorce this year and has a job that is not enough to meet financial needs of the family. They express great gratitude for help.

The youth group of ICCR did most of the packing with help from KOG volunteers. The kids were supper exited to help and be part of something meaningful.

Again thanks to all.


Pastor Eddie Rivera