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Grant for New Pellet Stove from The Community Foundation of McHenry County

What will you be doing on the cold, early Saturday mornings sure to come this winter?  Sleeping in, sleeping it off, turning up the furnace, wishing for warm summer days?

Well, thanks to an $11,223.48 grant made possible by The Community Foundation of McHenry County, Blessing Barn’s volunteers and recipients will be at our open building, having the chill taken off the cold morning air by our new pellet stove, the only available source for heat in our building.  In addition, this grant covers our insurance expenses.

We have been open the first Saturday of every month for the past 16 years.  We assist those in need of basic life items, such as clothing, coats, shoes, bedding, and so on.  Our recipients come to us by referral from social service agencies, churches, school counselors, or word-of-mouth.  Our supplies are donated by a generous and loyal local community, and then sorted by our Executive Director, Jacqueline Piggott, and a team of dedicated volunteers.

Of the stove, Jacqueline says, “The weather won’t shut us down like it did last winter after our stove went out and could not be repaired.  We are sooooo thankful that the Community Foundation approved our grant request.  Besides our recipients, our volunteers will really appreciate the heat”.  The Community Foundation of McHenry County also came to our support in years past when we expanded our services.

Thank-You:  Jenny & Too Cute Consignment

Blessing Barn would like to send a special thank-you to Jenny and Too Cute Consignment.  Thank you for all the children’s clothing!  It will help many in need.

The McHenry County Community Foundation Thank-You!

Blessing Barn would like to extend a huge thank-you to the McHenry County Community Foundation for their support with grants in the past.  Their support enables us to help so many people in the community.