Anyone who has ever attended our TBOX, aka “Twelve Bars of Xmas (http://www.festaparties.com/
Lakeview Pantry has been providing food to impoverished people since 1970. Although the group began with a single mission, its contributions to the community have greatly expanded over time. In addition to distributing food, Lakeview Pantry now also helps those in need by providing assistance in matters of unemployment and housing. From humble beginnings, during which a few people lent their neighbors a helping hand, this food pantry has grown to become a major force in the community. With the help of a volunteer corps of around 450 people and donations like those received from Festa Parties, Lakeview Pantry helps out more than 12,000 people in the Chicago area.
By enabling participants to have fun while doing good for our community, Festa Parties hoped to encourage people to make their own cereal donations. For those who brought boxes to give, they were awarded with the popular TBOX sunglasses, free passes to BeadQuest (the next large event hosted by Festa Parties in February 2013), and entry into the raffle whose prizes included gift certificates to local establishments such as Red Ivy (http://www.redivychicago.com/)
Friday’s event proved to be successful with 160 boxes of cereal donated by the 45 fans and friends of Festa Parties in attendance, including a few TBOX Royals. In addition, Rockwood Place made their own donation of 20 gallons of milk. These boxes of cereal and gallons of milk will be distributed to those members of the community who need them the most. In fact, with the continued support of Festa Parties, Lakeview Pantry estimates that it will distribute roughly two million pounds of donated food to community members throughout 2013.
In working with Lakeview Pantry, Christopher Festa demonstrates his dedication to supporting the community in a healthy, long-term way. A spokesperson from Lakeview Pantry recently expressed his appreciation for our contributions to their cause: “You said you were going to support us monthly and sure enough you have! We so much appreciate partnering with Festa Parties. You guys are going to be a fun group to follow!! I know you have a cereal ‘fetish,’ great news for us as cereal is in HUGE demand. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!”
While encourage you to continue to make donations on your own, the next BYOC party will be held in March 2013 after BeadQuest. Stay tuned for exciting details!