Verdell brings not only a warm smile to the food pantry not far from her home, but also her elderly mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 10 years ago.
Verdell, who lives with rheumatoid arthritis, had a good office job in downtown Chicago until her company outsourced the department. This made it possible for Verdell to care for her mother full time.
The food pantry she and her mother visit monthly is a big help. “We do eat better when we come here. It’s harder and harder to get out with mother, but the people here always make us welcome,” Verdell says. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger help support the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, which offers its comprehensive services and programs annually to thousands of families from Chicago’s West Side and near west suburbs.
Verdell says that caring for her mother is a challenge, but she handles it gracefully – after all, she learned from the best. “My mother always took care of everybody when they needed her, bringing children and grandchildren to live with her until she lost her house in the mortgage crisis. I’m glad she’s with me. Sometimes she forgets her own name, but she never forgets mine.”
And then she smiles again. “And sometimes, we just dance.”
You may donate to World Hunger through Christ Church using the World Hunger envelopes found in the narthex.