Cary-Grove Masons collect food, household needs in Crystal Lake

The Cary-Grove Masons would like to thank the community for the recent success of their "Pack the Pantry" project.

Team members handed out "shopping lists" to shoppers entering Mariano's food store in Crystal Lake.

The lists contained suggested food and household staples and shoppers were asked to buy an item or two and deposit them in shopping carts positioned just outside the store.

Mariano's store manager John Nylen believes he has the best patrons in the world, and they proved it! The results exceeded expectations.

Approximately 26 full sized grocery carts were filled to overflowing. There were also substantial cash contributions.

Everything collected was delivered to the Cary-Grove Food Pantry alternate storage location for sorting and redelivery to the pantry.

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