Two days remain to help fill the front window at Paisley on Main with donated food items.
For the first time the shop is partnering with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry to help raise funds, food and awareness of hunger in the community.
All of the merchandise was emptied from the front window of the store to make room for a shopping cart, which will be filled with food, said the store’s owner Sue Cleary. The hope is the pile of food will grow as the days go on.
The idea to hold the food drive was very last minute and was planned in one day, Clearly said. The drive started last Wednesday and food donations will be accepted through Tuesday.
“We are blessed to be part of such a vibrant, affluent community,” Cleary said. “Unfortunately, things aren’t always as they appear and we want to help. It is sometimes hard to believe that we have hungry, needy families right in our own backyard. We decided it was time to do something about it.”
Cleary, her store manager Jennifer Dorn and assistant store manager Meghan Menconi planned the project. Cleary contacted Susan Papierski at the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry about the proposed food drive. Rather than waiting until the holiday season, when it’s common for food drives to be held, the decision was made to hold it now.
Paisley on Main is accepting monetary donations and, or non-perishable food items through Oct. 2. Customers at the store who choose to make a donation will receive a discount of between 5-percent-to-15-percent.