ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Traveling Closet, a nonprofit organization providing life's essentials to the area's needy families and individuals, extendsáspecial thanks to the sock manufacturer and distributor, Bombas, which has provided donations for the past three years.
This year, Bombas gave the ATC 3,250 pairs of socks for future distribution.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions imposed on public gatherings, however, the Antioch Traveling Closet has been forced to change its focus. The organization is known for holding three events each year at which needy area residents are able to select clothing and toiletries, and even get a haircut, all at no charge.
Since gatherings such as these have been temporarily put on the hold, the ATC is now concentrating on the collection and distribution throughout the summer of nonperishable food items to families encountering difficult times.
The ATC has been directly collecting these food items but now two local businesses have decided to pitch in and hold food drives of their own for the benefit of the ATC.
Financial adviser Kira Cole has announced that the Edward Jones office in Antioch will be sponsoring one of these food drives. A contact-free drop-off box will be outside of Edward Jones at 921 Main St., across the street from The Vegas Cafe, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday this summer. For a list of needed nonperishable items or for related questions, call the office 847-603-1017 and ask for Maria.
The Limerick Lounge has announced they will be holding a drive-thru food donation drop-off event at their establishment, 912 Toft Ave., in Antioch on Sunday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors will receive a 10% off coupon redeemable for meals at the Limerick Lounge.
Among the items requested are peanut butter and jelly (in plastic jars), crackers, preserved fruit items (e.g., raisins, prunes, dehydrated apricots, etc.), canned goods, ramen noodles and other pasta items, cereal and more. Also welcomed are toiletries such as unopened bottled of shampoo, bar soap, deodorant and disinfectant wipes. Gift cards for area businesses such as Aldi, Walmart, CVS, gas stations, etc., are also welcome. For a more complete list of desired items, readers can contact Edward Jones or the Limerick Lounge or visit the ATC website at https://antiochtravelingcloset.org. Tax-deductible cash donations can also be made at the website.