**Thanks to Lindsey Reichelt and the MapleGOOD Handy Helpers for helping 2 of our seniors with yard work on 11/13. They filled 60 lawn bags from just one yard! Thank you for taking care of these sweet neighbors!
**We loved reading how Christy Kramlich, with the help of other donors, was able to provide 12 families a dinner for Thanksgiving!!
**Another great post we discovered on the Maplewood MPD FB page: We would like to send a huge thank you to Lowe's Home Improvement (Maplewood) for donating this washer and dryer to The Salvation Army Maplewood Corps (photos below). This is an excellent example of the community working together for the betterment of all.
**If you didn't already know this, MapleGOOD has another group called MapleGOOD - You Rock Group and has spurred kindness among the community in some creative ways! (Be sure to check it out!) We enjoyed reading this message posted in that group: "Here's My generous gift from Leticia Lettie for my first Scavenger Hunt (see photo below). It was quite an adventure - a positive experience seeing so many groups and creative artists spreading kindness! And I loved finding this group. Even though I’ve been gone from MO for many years, St. Louis remains close in my heart.
***WE LOVE HEARING ABOUT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE! IF SOMEONE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SHARES A KIND WORD OR AN ACT OF COMPASSION THAT MAKES YOUR DAY, PLEASE LET US KNOW!... SEND US A PRIVATE MESSAGE, AND WE'LL SHARE IT THE NEXT MONDAY!
Many of you know Chasity Mattox and her strong desire to serve the community. In case you don’t know this, she is often seen filling the mini-food pantry at Yale and Manchester (AKA the Community Cupboard). And, her kids and husband frequently lend a helping hand. We know that she’s shown compassion on numerous occasions, often unseen, but nonetheless continuing to care for those in need. We appreciate you!!
Carolyn Munch, who regularly keeps tabs on the Hygiene Heroes Trunk, is so conscientious and caring! She often adds much-appreciated items to it, hoping that neighbors in need will find what they’re looking for! We appreciate her thoughtfulness and desire to continue finding ways to help our community!!
Elaine Oliphant, a resident of Richmond Terrace - A Lutheran Senior Services community (Richmond Heights, MO), is passionate about helping those in need! Recently, she helped the team that assembled meals for The Family Freezer, despite the fact that she’s blind! If anyone has received a fudge pie from the freezer, they will attest to the fact that she knows how to bake! Today, she gave us a bunch of items she ordered for the pantries. What a generous and kind woman! Thank you, Elaine!!
***WE LOVE HEARING ABOUT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! IF SOMEONE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SHARES A KIND WORD OR AN ACT OF COMPASSION THAT MAKES YOUR DAY, PLEASE LET US KNOW!...SEND US A PRIVATE MESSAGE AND WE'LL SHARE IT THE NEXT MONDAY!!
What is it?
Sunday, October 10th was Annual Service Day for the MapleGOOD Handy Helpers. Led by Lindsey Reichelt and her team from Curated Properties, the Handy Helpers did serious fall cleanup for 5 households in the MRH community.
40 volunteers generously gave their time and energy last Sunday to help our elder neighbors with yard work gardening and painting.
Did you know that there are 8 mini-pantries in MRH that are stocked and maintained by neighborhood volunteers? Some people drop off shelf-stable food at the pantries, others will buy a case of something from Amazon and have it shipped to our pantry managers.
Our pantry managers are out there every day stocking, cleaning, and learning about the needs of our neighbors. When donations are low, they often provide food on their own dime. These folks are walking the mutual aid walk regardless of harsh weather and an occasional depressing mess to deal with.
Support our pantries and those who keep them stocked by participating. Shelf-stable food is always needed and welcome.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this informal survey. The results have been tabulated and delivered to our Mayor-Elect and her team.
“MapleGood has been a blessing for our family this past year. From groceries that were enough to share with others in need, to tutoring for our granddaughter that we’d never be able to afford, to help with replacing our grandson’s bike, we’ve been blessed. I’ve lived in Maplewood 38 years, this past year, and because of MapleGood, I learned what community really means: Being there for each other, receiving what you need and giving what you can and the feeling that you’re never alone.”
It can be unpleasant to be reminded of the challenges of 2020, at the same time it's encouraging to reflect on how our community immediately stepped up to the task of helping each other through those challenges!
We are collecting thoughts and stories from our community members for posterity and in celebration of our year of coming together.
Since then we've connected with and supported each other in more ways than we can count. Take a peek at all of the programs that have formed in our group so far! This past year has devastated us, but it has also brought us together. We'd like to hear your stories of how MapleGOOD has touched your life.
We are collecting thoughts, stories and photos about MapleGOOD to so that we can share it on our website for our 1 year celebration. We'd love to hear yours!
Happy Birthday, MapleGOOD!