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Carpentersville Fire Department helping local FISH pantry

Updated: January 10, 2013 6:28AM

CARPENTERTSVILLE — The village-based FISH food pantry is in need of assistance this holiday season.

FISH stands for Friend, I Shall Help. The organization operates totally upon donations to assist the hungry and those in need in this area. Last year, FISH helped more than 425 families per month.

There is a need for non-perishable food and non-food items. Non-perishable food items that are most needed are canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna, canned and instant soups, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce and pasta, peanut butter and jelly, cereals (both hot and cold), rice, canned beans, powered milk, pancake mix, baby food, cereal and formula.

Non-food items include diapers (especially large and XL-in small packages), soap products, toilet paper and paper towels, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and pet food.

This year, the Carpentersville Fire Department is helping with this cause. From Sunday until Dec. 20, any resident of Carpentersville wishing to make a donation can call Fire Chief John Schuldt at 847-344-7300 and he will arrange to have the donation picked up by the firefighters.

“We need to help those less fortunate by making a donation of these much needed items,” Schuldt said, adding that those who do not live in Carpentersville can drop off a donation at one of the village fire stations which are located at 213 Spring St., 305 Lake Marian Road, and 5000 Sleepy Hollow Road.

“If every resident in Carpentersville would donate one item, we could provide nearly 40,000 needed of food and personal health care items to those less fortunate,” Schuldt said. “Together, we can make a difference and provide a little happiness in the lives of those who are in need.”

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