Garden City family helps ’50 to 60′ people a day with free pantry

A family in Garden City is working hard to keep their “blessing box” filled with necessities for those in need.

A blessing box is a free pantry filled with non-perishable food, hygiene products, baby supplies, and more.

“We service about 50 to 60 people a day,” said Elizabeth Freeman, the founder of Elmwood Blessing Box in Garden City.

Freeman, who works for Section 8 Housing, knows the feeling of being in need all too well, she said. She started the pantry in April 2023; the project has been extra personal for her.

“I utilized food pantries and other community resources a lot before I met my husband,” Freeman continued. “It was so hard, with two young children, just getting the help you needed.”

Freeman and her husband initially funded the initiative by setting aside $50 a week for the pantry.

“There’s people that are struggling that work long hours and

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GOOD DEEDS: Charitable Deeds founder retires, but group continues on to help those in need | News

KNOX – The mission of Charitable Deeds and Services hasn’t changed since its founding in 2001 — to help the poor and needy in Clarion, Venango and Forest counties with utility bills, clothing and furniture.

Founder John Kerle recently retired and many of the organization’s volunteers will continue the work of Charitable Deeds and Services, walking the walk and talking the talk.

“It was always a dream of John’s to do something to help the community,” said Bobbi Wolfgong, now president of Charitable Deeds. “There was a little girl that had cancer and John wanted to try to help her, so they had a spaghetti dinner thinking that it would be just one dinner.”

Spaghetti dinners were a big hit when the group first started, and it soon grew to the point where many different dinners were held for specific people in need. The dinners were time-consuming for volunteers and

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