Chicago Italian American Charitable Organization (CIACO) “Baskets of Love”

Sunday, November 20th 2016

‘Twas the Sunday morning before Thanksgiving, when all through the ReNu facility, CIACO members and hundreds of volunteers – young and older – (consisting of family members and friends) gathered together for a single purpose.


That purpose was to assemble and pack 600 food crates, 50lb each, with items to create a complete Thanksgiving meal for families in need. Items were donated by various companies in the area. Our JBS truck with custom refrigerated sleigh drove around Chicagoland collecting all the items for assembly.  All the fixings were set up assembly-line style on either side of the 100 ft of conveyor sections provided by JBS. As the completed crates came down the line, local churches, shelters and other charities were driving up and getting loaded for final delivery to families in need.


Some of the great items included Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Stuffing, Canned Cranberries, Mac & Cheese, Scalloped Potatoes, Egg Noodles, Pudding Mix, Turkeys, Carrots, Oranges, Fruit Punch Drink Mix, Corn Bread Mix, Turkey Gravy Mix, Hot Chocolate, Ketchup, Bread Crumbs, Canned Corn, Canned Green Beans, Canned Fruit Cocktail, Saltines, Chicken Broth, Cookies, Grated Cheese, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Brownies, Bags of Flour, Onions, Potatoes, Bags of Sugar, Peanut Butter (Casey’s Foods / Imp. Services), Pretzels, Cookies, Soap, Coffee (Compact Industries / JBS), Jello / Rice Pudding Cups (Raymundo Foods / JBS ) .




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