Seven Star Closing Donation
Recently, our neighbors at Seven Star convenience store closed down, as the owner headed to retirement. Though a somber time for the local family who owned the shop, they turned this moment into an opportunity for others: Seven Star donated all remaining food, personal, and household items to Lakeview Pantry.
It took three staff members over an hour to load all the donations, and we filled nearly two vans. This incredible act of generosity will impact so many clients of Lakeview Pantry, and we are very grateful.
We asked the daughter of the owner, Ruth, to tell us a bit about what the store and the community has meant to her, and here is their story as told by Ruth:
“My mother Virginia has had this store for almost 22 years. I was a young girl, only 10 when we first opened up. She worked here mainly by herself. My dad Rolando had another job during this time, and my 3 brothers and I were still young at the time, so we were in school. Although we were in school and my father worked we would still help out my mom at the store. My mother worked very hard, open 7 days a week from 7 am until 10 pm. Only recently we opened until 9 pm, because my mom was getting too tired. So we were open 364 days a year. The only time the store really closd was Christmas Day. Through my mom’s hard work and dedication, she was able to put us all in universities. My eldest brother Gary attended Devry with a degree in computer science, my other brother Gilbert attended Loyola University and became a nurse, my other brother Mark attended Northwestern University and received his bachelors in political science, and later got his masters at Berkeley University. And I, the youngest went to DePaul University and got my bachelors in Psychology. So you see it’s all because of my mom’s hard work at the store and through the Grace of God we were able to accomplish a lot.
“As you very well know, East Lakeview is a wonderful neighborhood filled with wonderful people. We were blessed to have wonderful customers. Throughout the 22 years we have been at the store, we gained lots of new friendships. Not only did we see them as our loyal customers, we also treated one another as part of family. As you can imagine it was hard for my mom to close her business, this was her whole life, but now she is ready to retire and start the next chapter of her life. Our store and this neighborhood will always have a special place in our hearts. We didn’t just want to leave this place just like that so we decided to donate most of our stuff to the Lakeview Pantry. Our customers have supported us throughout the years, it’s about time we give back something to the community.
“Our deepest thanks goes out to everyone in the East Lakeview community. You all helped accomplish my mothers dream, owning her own business in America. We left our native country, Philippines to have a better life and we did thanks to you all for making my mothers dream a reality. Thank you again Tibby for taking the time to hear our story, and thank you to the Lakeview Pantry for helping us make a difference in the community.”