Miss Carly’s seeks donations to help those in need

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A local community outreach group asks for help feeding the hungry.

Carly Rice started Miss Carly’s by pulling around a small wagon with food to those in need.

Today, the grassroots meal service offers much more to Rockford’s homeless thanks to community support.

One plate a time, the midtown Rockford location hopes to make a difference.

“We feed up to and sometimes over 100 people,” said Rice. “All of that is based off of public donations. We’re completely grassroots and crowdfunded.”

Three times a week, Miss Carly’s hosts a community dinner service, hundreds walk through her doors for a home cooked meal.

“We spend between $700-1000 on food and supplies each week,” said Rice. “We start back at 0 every Saturday when we go to Sam’s Club.”

Friday is donation day at the community outreach location.

One family drove down from Durand for their handmade donation. The Countryman’s said they wanted to make Miss Carly’s a picnic table when they heard about the work being done.

“How she goes out of her way to help those that really need the help,” said Tiffany Countryman. “We figured we’d donate something that was definitely something that would be needed.”

Miss Carly’s collects underwear, mattresses, dressers and hygiene products to give to those in need.

Rice says as someone who has struggled with drugs and homelessness herself, she wants Miss Carly’s to be a welcoming place for all.

“You have to have an ID even to eat at the [Rockford Rescue] Mission,” said Rice. “What if you don’t have an ID? You can’t even check into a motel room if you had enough money.”

In addition to weekly community meals, Miss Carly’s also offers sack lunches 24/7, resources for drug rehab and housing.

“She really works with them,” said Kathi Edwards, who donated to Miss Carly’s. “She’s so nonjudgmental and has really made a difference. I just think the more we can do to support that, the better our community is.”

Miss Carly’s is still looking for monetary donations for next week’s meal service. Click here to help.

Donations can also be dropped off at 1125 5th Avenue, Rockford, IL.

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