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Churches' Shopping Cart Brigade Collects Food In July 4 Parade

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  • Here are the 399 food items donated by those attending the 2014 Mount Prospect July 4 parade, collected by the St. Mark Lutheran Church and St. Raymond Catholic Church Shopping Cart Brigade.  Pat Lenius

    Here are the 399 food items donated by those attending the 2014 Mount Prospect July 4 parade, collected by the St. Mark Lutheran Church and St. Raymond Catholic Church Shopping Cart Brigade. Pat Lenius

 
Pat Lenius

Members and friends of St. Mark Lutheran Church and St. Raymond Catholic Church, both of Mount Prospect, collected 399 food items from the crowd attending the 2014 Mount Prospect July 4 parade.

The Shopping Cart Brigade, a project of the St. Mark and St. Raymond Ecumenical Ministry, performed simple choreography while pushing shopping carts on loan from Mariano's Fresh Market in Arlington Heights. The food items, plus cash donations of more than $40, were presented to the Mount Prospect Food Pantry in Village Hall on Monday, July 7.

One of the goals of the Ecumenical Ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church and St. Raymond Catholic Church is to help those in need, including those outside of their church boundaries.

Both churches thank Mariano's Fresh Market for the loan of the carts, and thank the volunteers from both churches who helped in various ways: providing information, vehicles, goods and/or time, pushing carts, collecting items, taking inventory and delivering the donations. Also special thanks to the people along the parade route who showed such kindness and generosity.

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