St. George's Fellowship of St. John Ministers in Chicago
On Saturday, March 2, 2013, under the guidance of Fr. Nicholas Dahdal and with leadership from Fr. Musil Shihadeh, Dn. Saed Rihani and Sdn. Joseph Hazar of the Fellowship of St. John the Divine at St. George Antiochian Church in Cicero, IL, the group pioneered an innovative project in respect to community outreach and humanitarian aid. Titled "Care Packets for the Needy," the program brought Walgreens Drugstore and Einstein Bagels in a creative partnership.
With donated food from Einstein Bagels and well over a thousand dollars worth of goods from Walgreens generously assembled and donated by store employees, Fellowship members were able to assemble and distribute care packets to the needy over the course of the Saturday in early March. The backpacks were full of non perishable items such as gloves, hats, socks, razors, shaving creme, and more. The Fellowship members from St. George were joined by ten Walgreen employees who helped them canvas the streets of downtown Chicago to distribute all the care packets to those in need.
Fellowship members are looking to plan another outreach event in the future such as a collaborative project with Home Depot; the store has offered $1500.00 worth of donated goods for distribution.