On a recent afternoon, Cooney & Conway employees came together during their lunch hour to create an assembly line. They had one goal: to do good for those in need. One by one, the volunteers filled bags with essentials including toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and combs, creating hygiene kits containing 15 items that many of us take for granted.
The event was held in partnership with The Night Ministry, an organization founded in Chicago in the mid-1970s to provide open-minded support, shelter, and healthcare for impoverished and homeless youth and adults. According to the organization’s website, each year they assist 5,200 people.
“With Thanksgiving around the corner, we tend to often forget about the less fortunate people that may need support throughout this difficult time of the year,” said Cooney & Conway employee Melissa Carco, who helped to organize and carry out the benefit. “Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we ourselves are thankful for and also try to lend a helping hand to where it may be needed.”
Representatives from The Night Ministry were on hand at C&C during the benefit to answer questions and to provide more information on the services they offer.
All the supplies that made up the kits were collected by C&C employees in the weeks leading up to the event. In all, over 50 hygiene kits were created and taken back to The Night Ministry, thanks to the generous donations and efforts of C&C staff members and attorneys.
“Being part of a law firm that is really interested in giving back to the community means so much and having this chance to make a difference in someone’s life means so much,” Carco said. “I absolutely loved the fact that we all worked together on creating these hygiene kits to send off to those less fortunate. From bringing in supplies to working in unison on our ‘assembly line,’ a sense of unity was definitely felt.”
For more information on The Night Ministry, and to find out how you can help, please visit the organization’s website at http://www.thenightministry.org/.