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Monday, August 22, 2011

Every Child is Ours Shares Their Spirit with NAEIR

ECIO Staff and NAEIR Staff

Every Child is Ours is a non-profit organization that serves the Delta region of Arkansas as well as several international sites.  We run a food pantry that feeds four communities, Tuckerman, Swifton, Grubbs, and Campbell Station.  We also work closely with the Jackson County School District to provide schools supplies, clothes and even prom dresses for our students.  We feel very fortunate to be able to help take care of our people.

Recently, we came to Galesburg, IL to pick up our truck and trailer load of supplies from NAEIR.  We had no idea that we would absolutely fall in love with Galesburg.  From the wonderful woman at the desk at our motel to the smiling server at Sullys, we know that Galesburg is back!  You may have lost a lot of businesses and factories, but nothing will stop the American Spirit that is alive and well in Galesburg.  Maytag may be gone, but we saw that the people of Galesburg will survive.

ECIO trailer filled with free supplies.
We loved our visit to NAEIR!  From Steve, who runs the warehouse to Manny and James who helped us figure out what to do with all our stuff, nobody could have been nicer to us.  As soon as we had our truck and trailer completely full, we drove around to the main office.  There we found more kindred spirits.  The woman behind the front desk could not have represented NAEIR better.  She was warm and welcoming and assured me that our representative, Patti, would be out in a few minutes.  I told her I did not know how long I could wait, because we were old and cranky after all that work loading the supplies.  She laughed and said, "Bring them on in".  Before it was over, we met everyone.  They came out to see our truck and trailer.   They laughed, they smiled, and they made us feel that there are many things right with our country.  Now we don't want you to think that you take our place as their number one customer just because this was our first time.  You should go to NAEIR too!  They will help you help your people.  I can't think of NAEIR without a smile and a feeling of gratitude.

When we were leaving Galesburg, we stopped to have lunch at the Landmark Cafe and had the most amazing time.  You must do this when you visit Galesburg.  We had a lunch to die for and met fascinating people including our server who was a blues singer and sang for us there in the restaurant.  We couldn't have had a better time!  The trip was long, but not only did we pick up school supplies, we left with the feeling that America is United and strong. 

We loved the whole NAEIR staff.  We hope they don't forget the party they promised us on our next visit. 

Jan Pascal
President and Founder
Every Child is Ours

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