Cardinal Cupich helps distribute turkeys: “Giving thanks is something that truly ennobles us all”

Cardinal Blase Cupich took a break from distributing turkey dinners at a South Side church on Wednesday to reflect on the act of giving.

“Giving thanks is something that truly ennobles us all because we remember that in fact there are blessings in life which are not deserved and which we should rejoice in together and which should motivate and inspire us. to be generous to those in need, “Cupich said outside the pantry of St. Moses the Black Parish, 331 E. 71st St., in the Park Manor neighborhood.

Over 500 turkeys were distributed, along with winter clothes, diapers, and the pantry staples every Wednesday.

“It means everything,” said Percy Johnson, 76, a retired blacksmith who lives in the South Shore.

“That’s less than I have to buy. That $ 23 that I would have spent on a turkey, I can now use it for my gas bill, ”he said.

“I’m a widow so this will feed me and my dog, Mia, it’s a schnauzer mix,” he said.

The Turkey Pantry and Gift is made possible through a partnership between the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Over 80 volunteers helped organize the turkey giveaway, including a group of children from Divine Mercy Ward in Winnetka.

“It makes me feel good because they need food for Thanksgiving and stuff,” said Patrick Smylie, 9.

A DJ was playing upbeat music as the people queuing for the turkeys tapped their feet to try and warm up. It also prompted a group of volunteers to start a line dancing.

“People come together not only to be fed or clothed, but to connect with others,” Cupich said.

“The fact that people don’t forget them. It is important. Sometimes it is very easy for people to live in the shadows and not be pointed at them. Today we are making sure that no one is left out of the table of life by giving them food for their table, ”said Cupich.

Rev. Matthew O’Donnell, pastor of St. Moses, said the volunteers came from all over Cook and Lake counties.

“This is the best example of what it means for us to be a community,” he said.

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