Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Tim Lothian

The following article was published in the John Lothian Newsletter on Friday, November 26:

Happy Thanksgiving from Tim Lothian

Hey, I am back! And lucky for your wallet I am not asking for money this time. If you not familiar with me, I am Tim Lothian, and my dad publishes this newsletter, etc. Last time I was here I was asking for you to buy popcorn to support Scouting and my scouting activities and for you to donate money for homelessness. Both went well, I sold $1500 work of popcorn, more than enough to pay for my scouting activities for the year. I also collected $400 for Sleep Out Saturday, enough to house 16 people for a night. As for the sleeping out part, it was 35 degrees and I subsequently came down with a case of strep throat. I don't recommend that part.

Anyways, I want to sincerely thank you for all the help. I deeply appreciate it. Now the week after Sleep Out Saturday and I was all healthy, but still on antibiotics, my family and I went to help at Family Day at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes food to more than 650 soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters in the Cook County area. they serve 678,000 men, women and children each year. That number really opened my eyes.

Now that you know that, I can tell you what we were doing there. We were part of the "Orange Team," so we were putting single person emergency food boxes together. Each box should last a person 3 to 4 days. Each box went around a line of volunteers on a conveyor belt, and each person would put a different food item in the box. My brother, sister, mom and dad were all on the line unpacking peanut butter, jelly and canned fruit so that it could be put in boxes. I was at the end of the line loading boxes onto wood pallets to be taken by forklifts into the warehouse. On the day, we packed 999 boxes (only because we ran out of boxes) after setting a goal of 800.

After all the work, we went on a tour of the building, which by the way is massive. We went into the warehouse of food, and it blew my mind. It had a 40 foot ceiling and was about 3 times the size of a Costco warehouse store, and stocked to the ceiling with food. (I said if there was a zombie apocalypse, I would want to be there.) It was amazing.

OK, I have to admit I fibbed a little. I am not going to ask for money, but I am going to recommend that you donate money to the Greater Chicago Food depository, or a similar organization in your own community. That or donate food. Even though the Greater Chicago Food Depository has that huge warehouse full of food, everything turns over in about a month. And even though each year they feed 678,000 people, that is sadly not all the hungry people in the Chicago area. Also, there were good portions of that warehouse that had empty shelves.

That did not make me feel good. So the next time I go there, I'd love to see those shelves with food on them.

Before we left they told us to tell 5 people about what we did and what goes on there, so I decided to exceed expectations and tell the thousands of people that read this newsletter. So try and do something, and go to www.chicagosfoodbank.com.

Thanks for actually listening to what a 15 year old has to say. I hope it made a difference. Until next time, goodbye.

Tim Lothian

Monday, October 18, 2010

Scout Popcorn Sale Products & Prices

Unbelievable Butter $18
Military Donation $50
Military Donation $30
Cheese Lover's Collection $30
Classic Carmel Corn $10
Butter Light $18

Contact johnlothian@johnlothian.com for delivery details.

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Message From Tim Lothian

A Message from Tim Lothian

Dear John Lothian Newsletter Readers:

Hello!  My name is Tim Lothian.  You might know me, but if you don't, you should.  I am a sophomore at York High School in Elmhurst, IL.  I am in the Scholastic Bowl Club at school and am active at my church.  My dad is the guy who writes this newsletter.  But more importantly, I am a Boy Scout in Troop 117 out of Elmhurst. 

I am nearly a Life Scout and am the Troop Guide.  If you are familiar with Boy Scouts, then you probably know why I am here.  But if you're not, don't feel bad.  We're almost to the part where I tell you.

During this part of the year, the scouts always sell popcorn.  So I am asking if you would by popcorn from me.  It helps me pay for trips and equipment, it helps my troop pay for things and go on better trips and campouts, and it helps my council make everything happen.  Even if you don't like popcorn, you can buy some for your friends, your family, or for at work.  If you don't want popcorn, you can still donate money.

It will help a lot.  Now, I am going to keep asking for money, believe it or not.  As I said earlier, I am active in my church, particularly our youth group.  In a few weeks we will be partaking in "Sleep Out Saturday," where we sleep outside in tents and boxes to raise money to help homeless people.  So now I am asking you to donate money for the homeless.  None of this money goes to me, 100% goes to helping the homeless.  So please help out a great cause.

Thank you for your time,

Tim Lothian

*** If you would like to buy popcorn from Tim, you can buy online at
http://www.trails-end.com/estore/home_alt.jsp?_requestid=234389 , or if you are in Chicago, you can order from John Lothian and he will personally deliver it.  For the complete product list, go to http://jlne.ws/clP15m.

*** If you want to donate money to support "Sleep Out Saturday" and Tim's fund-raising efforts for it, you contact John Lothian (johnlothian@johnlothian.com) and I will get you the details on where to send a check.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Feast of the Hunter's Moon 2010 Video

In this video you will see pictures from the closing ceremony of the Feast of the Hunter's Moon in West Lafayette, Indiana from October 2, 2010.  The pictures are set to music played by an irregular fife and drum corps made up of individuals participating in the event.

The first pictures are of an oven making incredibly delicious apple dumplings.  The ending pictures are of the line to get to the free buses to return to the parking at Purdue University's Ross Ade Stadium.

~John J. Lothian
Troop 117
Elmhurst, IL