Just one week before Christmas, the small congregation at Brookfield’s Faith United Lutheran took the bold and generous step of opening a new food pantry.

Aligned with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Faith effort follows a different service model than the longtime pantry at St. Barbara’s in Brookfield. And, says John Dumas, the congregant leading this effort, there is need enough for both charitable efforts.

About half of the 60-member congregation has already signed on to volunteer at the Tuesday evening/Saturday morning pantry. Dumas is confident more volunteers are forthcoming. 

It is efforts such as this that remind us of what a fine community Brookfield is. People step up for neighbors. Local governments collaborate to solve problems. As we celebrate Christmas, and all of the winter holidays, we realize the primary role strong community plays in our lives.