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HSHS Home Care invites community to "Cram the Cars"

February 02, 2024 

In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care Illinois, along with Dan Hecht Chevrolet Toyota and Roy Schmidt Honda, are teaming up to “Cram the Car” with non-perishable food items, hygiene products and monetary donations for the Catholic Charities food pantry. 

You can help by dropping off these items or monetary contributions at any of these locations:
  • HSHS Illinois Home Care office – Located in St. Anthony’s Health Center at 900 W. Temple Ave., Building A, Suite 101, in Effingham. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • At one of these locations during business hours:
    • Dan Hecht Chevrolet Toyota – 2400 S. Banker St., Effingham
    • Roy Schmidt Honda – 1705 W. Fayette Ave., Effingham

Donations will be accepted the entire month of February. On March 1, HSHS Illinois Home Care will cram their cars with the donated items before delivering them to Catholic Charities.

Valerie Engelbart, volunteer/bereavement services supervisor for HSHS Home Care Illinois, shared, “Our HSHS Mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. In this tradition, we are privileged that patients and families trust us with their care and the care of their loved ones,” she said. “We place our patients at the center of all we do, including remaining committed to the communities where they live and where we serve. That is why we conduct outreach events like our ‘Cram the Car” to provide for the needs of the community.”

Some non-perishable items that the food pantry could use are:
  • Boxed meals (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni) 
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Jelly
  • Canned fruit
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cereal
  • Granola
  • Sugar free canned fruit
  • Low salt canned vegetables
  • Large boxes of oatmeal
…as well as any other non-perishable items. 

When donating, please check the expiration date of items and avoid donating expired goods.
Some examples of hygiene products needed are:
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine products
  • Razors
For more information about the drive, contact Valerie Engelbart, volunteer/bereavement services supervisor for HSHS Home Care Illinois, at 217-685-0702 or email Valerie.Engelbart@hshs.org. To find out more about services offered by HSHS Home Care Illinois, visit www.hshshomecare.org.
HSHS Home Care invites community to "Cram the Cars"
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