Over the past few months there have been numerous requests from many sources for donations to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. On a local level, your contributions have been put to good use. Here are reports from the CWE Farm, Storied House face mask project, and the CWE North CID’s meals program.
When Nancy and Arthur Culbert celebrated the CWE Farm’s 10th anniversary with an effort to raise $10,000 for 3 area food pantries, the response from the community was overwhelming. Their letter of gratitude (below) follows some recent photos of the farm at 5057 Waterman, just west of Kingshighway. (Arthur Culbert and Lee Cagle, one of the new farm managers, are shown with Lee’s daughter Aiko, below right.)
Hooray! With great joy we deem our Central West End Farm 10-year celebration an overwhelming success. Your generosity far exceeded our expectations. From LA to Miami, Boston back to St. Louis, seventy-eight citizens wanting to make a difference donated $12,000 to help feed our hungry neighbors during these challenging times. You didn’t just donate, either. You gave enthusiastically from the heart.
One ten year old and his eight year old sister reported combining the contents of their piggy banks to donate $17.25. Another donor contributed a portion of her stimulus check. A Dad donated to demonstrate his desire to support his daughter’s volunteer work with the Farm.
Through all of your contributions we significantly exceeded our goal of $10,000! We are immensely grateful for your support, as are the patrons of our recipient food pantries. We are thrilled that Sprouting Gift Gardens Foundation will deliver $4,000.00 checks to Second Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Central Baptist Church food ministries to support their efforts to feed the hungry in our old neighborhood in Saint Louis.
Take good care of yourselves and each other. Be well. And remember, there’s no place like hope.
With gratitude and love,
Arthur & Nancy Culbert
CWEnder Suzanne Miller Farrell was overwhelmed with orders for face masks following my April 16th post on sources for face coverings found in the neighborhood. Miller Farrell has a production team in the U.S. that was making masks using fabrics culled from her home accessories line, The Storied House. She also decided she would allocate a portion of sales to create masks at no charge for those who could not afford them.
Miller Farrell recently emailed an update about that effort:
“The $$ I raised from mask sales have provided nearly 1,000 masks to frontlinters here and in Ireland, and to 800 school children in South Africa. YAY!”
In addition, shortly after the stay-at-home orders went into effect in the City of St. Louis, this tireless entrepreneur started an online 10-day Creativity Challenge. That proved to be such a success that she recently launched The Creative Courant, a weekly good news (remember that?) journal. Each Friday, Farrell emails well-researched and inspiring stories as well as fun links to entertain both you and your families. You’d be wise to subscribe.
News from the CWE North Community Improvement District:
Finally, you may remember seeing an opportunity to contribute to the CWE North Community Improvement District’s program to fund meals prepared by neighborhood restaurants for delivery to healthcare workers at BJC and to City Hope STL, a homeless shelter.
Under this initiative, local restaurants were paid $15 for each meal they provided to the program, which offered a supplemental source of revenue while they navigated uncharted waters.
The CID’s Executive Director Kate Haher reported that $32,700 has gone into funding this effort, $7,425 of which has come from contributions from the community.
Thank you to neighbors here and afar for what you have done for these organizations and many others. As the saying goes—and it’s so true—we’re in this together.
Designers Amy Johnson and Daphne Benzaquen have opened a holiday pop-up at 314 N. Euclid, next to SubZero. Amy, who recently changed the name of her clothing business from KayOss to KLarIty, has hosted pop-ups in different locations around the neighborhood since 2012.
Daphne, who was born in Peru, raised in St. Louis, and is a W. U. graduate, started creating a line of sustainably-made Peruvian leather handbag and accessory pieces in 2018. She has recently added a winter collection of alpaca fleece and pima cotton clothing to her collection. The designer also donates a portion of her sales back to the Peruvian communities where her bags and clothing are made. Read more about Daphne and see more of her great-looking designs here.
KLarIty and Daph.. Holiday Pop-up, 314 N. Euclid, Tues.-Sat., 11 to 5 p.m.
Stephanie Huffman, Property Manager of Lofts@Euclid, 625 N. Euclid (at Delmar), sent the following announcement regarding the apartment building’s participation in this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. See below.
Arthur Culbert recently posted on Facebook that he has found a manager to take over the CWE Farm which he founded 9 years ago. Regrettably, Arthur and Nancy Culbert are moving to Florida at the end of November.
In Arthur’s words: “Join me in welcoming the Central West End Farm’s new manager Lee Cagle. A long time CWE resident, Lee has been a farm volunteer and supporter for years. She is a @newcityschoolstl parent; her daughter Aiko participated in New City School’s farm’s program while in 4th grade. Among her many gifts, Lee @leeaikokai brings her joy, community building and a commitment to continue the farm’s mission to help feed the hungry in our community. Thank you Lee. May your dedication and service be richly rewarding.#cwe #joy#urbanfarm @nancyculbert @arthurculbert.”