Aug 29, 2023

The Salvation Army and Jewel-Osco once again partnered to help our neighbors in need. Employees from The Salvation Army, Jewel-Osco, and numerous volunteers offered help and hope to hundreds of migrants who now call Chicago home.

On Friday, August 25th, The Salvation Army visited three police departments representing Chicago's north, west, and south loop areas to pass out hygiene kits to refugees living at these stations.

Jewel-Osco donated gift cards, hygiene products, and financial gifts to make the handout possible. Salvation Army employees and volunteers packed the kits at The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services facility in Hoffman Estates, and everyone was on hand Friday morning.

Three hundred twenty-five hygiene kits (100 for men, 100 for women, and 125 for children) were packed and delivered. And of those 325 kits, nearly all were needed as we served 118 families, representing 319 family members.

We also had the opportunity to share prayers and comfort as Major Kendall Mathews and Captain Jessica Martinez offered words of love, courage, and hope to all who wanted it.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services canteen truck was also on-site, handing out cold lemonade to everyone trying to beat the summer heat.

Items handed out included:

• Jewel-Osco Gift Cards

• Toothpaste and Toothbrushes (for adults and children)

• Dental Floss

• Deodorant

• Hand Soap

• Hand Sanitizer

• Hand Lotion

• Shampoo and Conditioner (for adults and children)

• Body Wash (for adults and children)

• Loofas

• Tampons


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