Sunday, November 28, 2010

Food Bank Challenge

Recently Sam from "An Ostrich Named Sam" wrote:
”Many of us are so fortunate in being able to buy what we like at the grocery store and never having to choose between putting food in fridge or paying for rent. If you can, please give to your local food bank this Christmas. A box of pasta can make a difference to a family in need.”

”Actually how about a challenge people? Give to the food bank and post your photos the month of December! Anyone in?”

Well, I’m up for your challenge Sam! In fact it was going to be pretty easy to do because donating to the food bank is something that I already do every year anyway. I was a volunteer at our local Salvation Army for over 10 years. They ran their Thrift Store and the food bank out of the same facility so I got to see some of the people who were using the services and hear some of their stories. Some of the stories were very tragic and they convinced me that I have been very fortunate in my life to be in a position to help others. So, among other things, I donate to that food bank regularly.

Also, once a year for the past dozen years or so, Hubby and his co-workers collect food donations from just about everyone in town and take them to the same food bank. I help with this too by driving Big Red while Hubby goes to the door to pick up food. We almost always bring in an entire truck load of stuff because people are so generous. The Salvation Army is always very grateful. It’s the single biggest donation they receive and it keeps the shelves stocked for months.

 The back of Big Red was full again this year.
The back of Big Red was full again this year.

 Ready to off-load.
Ready to off-load.

So Sam, here’s my response to your challenge. I’m a little early but that’s just my nature! I included lots of KD, soup, peanut butter, spaghetti and sauce, beans, sugar and Kleenex. I look forward to seeing everyone else’s donations.

Okay Sam here’s my contribution.

 Lots of KD because who doesn’t like KD?
Lots of KD because who doesn’t like KD?

 All boxed up and ready to go!
All boxed up and ready to go!


its me, sam said...

Thanks Witch! Your donation looks great! Plus the back of the truck full? Even Better! I'll post my story about my trip to the food bank this month. Now I need to figure out how to link this to my blog!

Jane said...

Way to go witch!! I am going to get going on that challenge this week with my students. We always do an advent project each year before Christmas and today is the first Sunday of the advent season.This year we will concentrate on giving to the local foodbank.

Jane said...

You are doing great - good for you! Great shots of Big Red all filled up. I am going to get going on this challenge this week with my students. We always take on an Advent project and today is the first Sunday of Avent so time to get BUSY!!

Anonymous said...

That's fabulous!! I'll have to start grabbing a few things here & there for a donation! Will post when I have my boxfull!! :)

Canadian Saver said...

That is a huge haul, people in your community are really generous :-) Way to go!

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a great idea. We did a donation through the church, I included Kleenex, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and soap in my donation.

The tar paper is incase you have moisture and this acts as a barrier.


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How very kind and generous of you to donate your time and extra groceries to such a good cause! For several years I did a 'towel and blanket drive' for the local shelters. I wanted to try and do one this year and your post has remined me that I should get started!

Thanks also for your good thoughts and karma for Hamlet! The surgeon removed about 90% of the tumor and I hope that the 10% that's left won't come back to haunt us too soon. And, after watching your gazebo come together, I'm sure you could make those chicken houses with no problem and much cheaper--They cost over $1000...ouch...

Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you collect so much food for your food bank. I work 2 mornings a week at a food bank, so all through the year I often pick up a case or so of tuna, beans, etc. or anything at a good sale price. It is a very satisfying thing to do - some people certainly do lead tragic lives! And don't forget pet food! Pets are a wonderful comfort to those in need, and often the only thing they have to love in their lives.

Sisters of the Blog said...

Way to go, The Witch!!

I love that there are so many generous people on your island, so willing to help out others.


Nakamuras on Saipan said...

Hola!! I'm back! Great post and always a wonderful thing to do during the holidays or at any time.

Sara said...

WOW, this is awesome... you've really gone above and beyond here! It truly inspires me.