Saturday, April 2, 2022

Compassion for Campers Bare Shelves Urgently Need Restocking

Compassion for Campers shelves at Willow Crystal Lake for the next Empower Shower Event are nearly bare of most basic equipment.  Help us restock them before our next distribution on Friday, April 15!

On Friday, April 1 Compassion for Campers, the program which provides camping gear, equipment, and supplies to McHenry County’s unhoused population, set up in a new room at the Community Power Shower Event at Willow Crystal Lake, 100 South Main Street with plenty of nice shelving space.  Unfortunately, due to a drastic shortage of funds we were only able to purchase less than half of the usual order of the most basic equipmenttents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tarps, camp stoves, and propane fuel tanks.  By the end of the four hour event those new shelves were almost bare, and we had to turn down requests from some of our homeless clients.

Since our mantra is “If you see something you need, take it!” it broke our hearts to fail to meet the dire needs.  Worse, at this point we have less than $50 to place a re-stock order for the next distribution on Friday, April 15 from 10 am to 2 pm.  A typical full order from Amazon costs more than $900 and the order needs to be placed by next Thursday to get delivery in time.

We urgently need help now.  If you have ever though to donating this is the time!

Donations can be made to Tree of Life UU Congregation by check with Compassion for Campers on the memo line or online at noting the designation of the donation.  All donations are placed in a dedicated fund that cannot be used for any other purpose and Tree of Life provides all administrative costs at no charge so that all funds go directly to aiding the homeless.

For more information contact Tree of Life Social Justice Chair and Compassion for Campers coordinator Patrick Murfin at or call 815 814-5645.

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