Tis the Season

December 03, 2013  •  2 Comments

Tis the season for giving. If you are looking for a family friendly project that embodies the holiday spirit, here is some information on how to help and give care packages to the homeless of Logan Square in Chicago for an on-going (36 week) effort by Gene Pellegrene, a Chicago Artist and owner of Artist Painters.

Photography by Photos by JulietGene's Care Package Efforts for the Homeless of Logan Square December 2013Gene Pellegrene Chicago Artist and Owner of Artist Painters, Photos by Photos by Juliet Gene has truly connected with the homeless who he would merely notice as he would drive by for years prior. He has taken it upon himself to become a reliable source for the homeless in Logan Square as Gene brings care packages to them on a regular basis for 36 weeks now.  Gene's videos on YouTube tell the stories best of the men and women who he has helped.  

What exactly goes into the care packages?  How can you get your care packages to Gene?  Well, Gene stresses calorie dense foods along with novel ideas for care packages like baby wipes, tums, ponchos, socks and first aid kits. 

A full list of great ideas is included on the Beauty and Balance Salon of Kenilworth website.  Salon owners Kelly and Dawn Stobart have partnered with Gene for this month to collect care packages from those who would like to make a donation if you live nearby in Chicagoland's North Shore. 

Photographs by Photos by JulietBeauty and Balance partners with Gene Pellegrene to collect care packages for homeless in Logan Square for December 2013Gene Pellegrene with Kelly & Dawn Stobart owners of Beauty and Balance Salon in Kenilworth, Il, Photos by Photos by Juliet

If you live elsewhere you can check out Gene's site.  In addition Gene suggests, on his Fund Anything page, that perhaps you may consider contributing directly to the homeless in your own area:

"Im finding the care packages have become a vehicle for connecting, understanding and providing human interaction.  I urge people that live in similar populated areas where homelessness is present to create care packages for themselves and experience the positive effects on the recipients but most of all to themselves. I discovered I have gained in patience, empathy, I have a new perspective on life and am experiencing something wonderful."

My children and I assembled some bags with creative contents based on Gene's insights and dropped them off at Beauty and Balance Salon last month.  My children included very thoughtful and hope-filled letters to the recipients.  It really helped us all to put ourselves in the shoes of the recipient.  Thank you Gene for your dedication and for introducing us to the homeless members of your community who you have come to know.  Your video blogs are an honest look at how connected we all are to one another as they share their unique circumstances and challenges.

 


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Shelly Mcginnis(non-registered)
I'm very proud of you Gene ! so many people have an opportunity to help other and just don't take the time. But you have always been a caring person and one I'm proud to know.
gene pellegrene(non-registered)
Thank you very much for spreading the awareness....very soon care-bags.org will be up and running to give everybody information on how these can construct their own care bags, do's and don'ts, press, and future information. Thanks for the support!!!
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