Afew years ago Susie Barrto was feeling sad and lonely that she would be spending Thanksgiving without her children. On a drive, she saw a homeless man and realized how blessed she was to have food and a warm home. This propelled Susie to begin the ministry Wrapped In Love, which provides food and blankets to those living on the cold Chicagoland streets. But “Wrapped in Love” does more than just offer backpacks filled with food, blankets and toiletries – they also bring along caring humanity. One recipient told Susie that most people avert their eyes as they walk by him, acting as if he isn’t there. Susie sat down, looked him in the eye and treated him like a human being. And that, more than any material thing she could give him, was valuable beyond words.
Wrapped In Love (WIL) was founded on Christmas day, 2013.
WIL supplies clothing and backpacks filled with necessities to shelters and people living on the streets.
The greatest immediate needs now for the winter months are donations of tents and small propane tanks for heat to help the unhoused find relief from the cold, rain and snow.
WIL also meets specific needs of people they meet. They work with single moms, helping to provide them with groceries, utilities and fuel for their vehicles.
Founder Susie Barrto welcomes all opportunities to share the mission of Wrapped in Love with community groups, youth groups, scouts, and schools. Susie loves casting a vision for children on how to live with compassion.
Donations to Wrapped In Love can be monetary or in the form of new or gently used household items. Items for backpacks are listed below:
Food items: Water, juice pouch, granola bars, trail mix, protein bars, raisins, fruit snacks, peanut butter cheese snacks, breakfast bars
Clothing: T-shirts, rain poncho, socks
New/gently used backpack
Sunscreen and Chap Stick
Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, wipes)
Small Propane Tanks
To Donate: Make checks out to:WRAPPED IN LOVE WIL 2312 Snapdragon Rd., Naperville, IL 60564
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