New Boston resident builds little pantry in his front yard for anyone in need

Tim Cook of New Boston, Mich. stands in front of The Little Pantry he built in front of his house on Schultz Street. Cook said others in the community helped him build and have helped him keep the pantry stocked, and that anyone is welcome to stop by and take what they need. (Photos courtesy of Tim Cook)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted May 29, 2020

There’s a phrase “it’s the little things in life that matter the most.”

The Little Pantry located on Schultz Street in New Boston is certainly one of those things.

In the midst of what seems like daily uncertainty due to the current pandemic, people in this community are stepping up and doing what they can to spread hope.

Tim Cook of New Boston said he believes in helping each other, and he is doing his part by keeping a small pantry stocked in front of his house for anyone who needs an item.

“It is filled with non-perishable food as well as toilet paper, diaper wipes, hand sanitizer and paper towels,” Cook said.

It’s located at 19050 Schultz Street.

The Little Pantry is located at 19050 Schultz Street.

Cook said his friend, Jeff Niemen, also of New Boston, helped him construct the pantry.

Cook and his son, Cameron, are keeping it stocked daily.

The pantry, though, is a true community effort that is supplied both from neighbors and a friend of Cook’s that lives well outside of the Huron Township area.

“We have had help from our next-door neighbors Tony and Beth Mullins as well as my friend Dick Norman of Petoskey as he sends stuff as well by UPS,” Cook said.

Cook said anyone is welcome to stop by and take that they need.

“I truly believe we are here to help one another,” he said. “This is a lesson that my late father and my amazing mother taught me.”

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