Selkirk family’s cabinet offers food, toiletries to strangers in need

Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Created: January 18, 2021 04:57 PM

SELKIRK - With all the major news in the world lately, it can be easy to forget how many people are still out of work and struggling. One family in Selkirk has not forgotten, and is offering help right from their front door.

When people drive down Thatcher Street, they see a sign pointing them to Lisa Janicke's front yard, which is 29 Thatcher Street.

A couple of weeks ago, she and her kids were thinking about how many people may still be out of work, and how many of their neighbors may be quietly struggling with food insecurity. So right outside their front door, they put a large cabinet for dry and canned goods, toiletries, and a couple coolers for cold stuff. People can come grab whatever they need, no questions asked.

Now others, including friends and strangers, have also started helping.

Word has been slow to spread, and Janicke wants people to know there is no bad time to come and take what you need.

If you need food or toiletries, she says you're welcome to stop by. She also hopes other neighborhoods will consider similar ideas to help.

They'll keep stocking the shelves as long as the need exists.

A nurse, Janicke says the underlying idea here is to encourage people to help others.

Take a look at some of the types of things being offered by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.


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