Family Sets Up A “Give And Take” Outdoor Pantry, Doesn’t Expect It To Grow So Big(20 Photos)

Despite simple human pleasures like socializing or going shopping being dimmed by governments all over the world by putting their countries under lockdown due to coronavirus, people are still finding ways not only to reassure others and give strangers the feeling of security but also to uplift their own spirits as well as others’ by having as wholesome of a social experience as possible under such circumstances.
Furthermore, people are finding ways to help out their communities by sharing the goods they have – books, recordings, and even food. This family got inspired by people putting up front yard library exchange boxes and thought they would create a little free pantry for their community. Little did they know then, others would jump in and help it grow. 

Terry Uribe Gall’s parents recently turned their front yard into a little free pantry

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“My parents decided to open a little FREE pantry in their front yard. The idea came from the front yard Library exchange boxes,” Terry Uribe Gall wrote on Imgur where she shared the photos of her parent’s creation.

The idea came from the front yard library exchange boxes they’ve seen other people do

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“I thought it was a great idea, but didn’t think it would last long. I thought someone would come along and take everything or vandalize it. (They have had Halloween and Xmas decorations vandalized numerous times),” she said.

They didn’t think it would last long, since even their Christmas and Halloween decorations would often get vandalized

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Well, instead it grew and grew. “Not only did people respect the Take What You Need aspect, others left even more. Some kind soul donated some cash and My Dad put it to good use. He bought a tent and tables,” Terry said.

Little did they know, people would not only neatly take what they need but also bring more stuff to give out

“All the items are still free to all who need them. The Gall Pantry is located on 78th n Roth of Beloit across the street from McCarty Park. It is open 24/7 rain or shine PLEASE stop by if you’re in need or if you’re able to donate!” said Terry.

Someone even donated money to their cause

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Turns out, she and her family were getting so many donations they had to change up the rules a little bit: Please DO NOT donate fresh produce, dairy, meats, or baked goods,” she said.

Terry’s dad put it to good use and bought a tent for their outdoor pantry

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“We are only taking essential items: food, drinks, diapers, wipes, sanitary products, paper products, pet food, and hygiene products. Some popular items are juice, soda, mayonnaise, chips, and other kiddie snacks, shampoo, beef stew, pancake batter,  syrup, and canned or boxed potatoes.”

The pantry is still growing and is open 24/7 for anyone in need

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She thanked her community for their generosity and donations and noted they currently are in need of dog food and baby wipes. What a way to help your community out!

Terry says their most popular products are juice, soda, mayonnaise, chips & other kiddie snacks, shampoo, beef stew, pancake batter,  syrup and canned/boxed potatoes

She also remarked that they’re currently in need of dog food and baby wipes

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The Gall Pantry is located on 78th n Roth of Beloit across the street from McCarty Park

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Faith in humanity restored!

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People loved the idea and praised Terry’s parents

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