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Forest Parker Sarah Shepherd Reyes is calling for volunteers to keep the Forest Park Public Library’s Little Free Food Pantry stocked. 

She has 10 people signed up to keep the library stocked with winter gear and non-perishable food items, but is looking for about 30 volunteers to cover the monthly task. Volunteers would be assigned an individual day every month to make sure the pantry is stocked. 

“You could either pull things from your pantry — extra scarves, extra gloves, hats, anything you have lying around the house you want to donate, pick up an extra couple of cans at the store, anything really,” Shepherd Reyes said. 

She was inspired to compile the volunteer list after seeing the library’s notice calling for additional pantry items. Shepherd Reyes has two sons and, prompted by Forest Park District 91 schools’ Project Kindness Week, Feb. 11-18, said she thought championing the volunteer sign-up could further promote kindness in the village.  

“I have a passion for helping others, but I also have two young sons who wanted to get involved.” She wanted to teach them about kindness, and “just to build community amongst each other and show that we care about each other.”  

Those interested in volunteering to make sure the Little Free Food Pantry is stocked, should Facebook message Shepherd Reyes.

Nona Tepper