threads of hope: face masks

Urgent need for elastic donations

During Operation: Love Your Neighbor 2018, the Northbrook family extended love and appreciation to caregiver facilities in Washington County. We couldn’t have known then that these dedicated workers would need our help today. Northbrook’s Threads of Hope ministry is busy making handsewn face masks needed in the community. 

We have enough sewers, but they are running out of elastic and it is difficult to find. If you have elastic that you would like to donate we are looking for ¼” elastic in white or black. NO substitutions please. Following pattern guidelines is essential, thank you!

Click HERE to receive details on the location of a safe, “no-contact” drop off site.

cross trainers academy food donations

With almost 400 students of Cross Trainers Academy, a ministry of the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, now learning from home, they have lost weekday breakfast and lunch meals provided through school programming. Ten meals per week per child is a sizable and unexpected financial burden now placed on these families. 

Northbrook is partnering with MRM to provide a weekly food basket distribution to each school family and your help is needed. You can immediately help with donations of priority food items by utilizing a safe, self-serve, drive-up collection site that is in place at Northbrook’s east side circle drive entrance. 

Simply pull up, deposit your items (preferably in plastic grocery bags) in a bin and secure the lid. Bins will be monitored and emptied throughout the day, and are accessible seven days a week. This is an immediate need for these families, but please exercise caution and keep your own health in mind as you consider going out to shop. Here is the list of priority items:

Food for Baskets

  • Canned fruit & vegetables
  • Canned soup, ravioli, stew
  • Mac & cheese, other kid-friendly meals
  • Loaves of sliced bread
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Cereal
  • Fresh fruit
  • Breakfast bars


Northbrook is a supporter of Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin and hosts two blood drives per year on our campus. Because of blood drive cancelations, there is a critical need for blood donations to be made at blood centers, which remain open. Blood centers have implemented appropriate health precautions, but please use good judgment with regard to your participation. Those in CDC “at-risk” categories should refrain from participating.


Support Local Businesses, particularly restaurants (part of our focus during OLYN 2019) by:

1.  Using drive-through or curbside pick-up. Best practices for take-out food include transferring food from containers to your own dishes at home and immediately washing hands well.

2. Tipping generously!

3. Purchasing gift cards online or via drive-through or curbside pick-up, which creates cash flow now. Consider using the card later in the year because restaurants/shops will need critical cash flow to rebuild in the coming months.