Thursday, February 18, 2010
First "Stock the Shelves" Mobile Food Drive: An Unbelievable Success
Today was an incredible day. Words cannot even describe how happy I was to see so many people come together with such short notice all with one thing in common: to help someone else in need. Thank you to each and every person who participated by donating your time or food today. It brought a smile to my face to walk up to each house and see the grocery bags sitting right outside to be picked up and delivered. All together, we were able to donate 410 items today!!!!!! That is unbelievable considering it was just a week ago when we all decided to do this!
Kristy (my cousin) was gracious enough to come over and help me sort through everything, count it and then deliver it. I honestly couldn't have done it without her, especially with my 3 little ones in the mix today! The donations were split between 2 organizations today: Family Promise of Gwinnett and the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. Family Promise of Gwinnett mainly needs items such as napkins, hand soap, facial tissue, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and paper towels, so those items were dropped off there. The remaining canned and non-perishable items were dropped off with Laura Drake, Director of Southeast Gwinnett Co-op.
We got the opportunity to meet some of the clients that we got to help today. I truly feel instead of us blessing them today, they blessed us by allowing us to get to know who they were and what they were going through. Mr. Willy, pictured above holding grocery bags with me, actually had to ask for assistance for the very first time today. He has recently fallen on hard times, but instead of pushing his way up to the front of the line to be helped first, he took time out to help US unload all of the donations from my trunk.
I could go on and on with the stories from today but I heard a quote a while back that I think best sums up the day in once sentence: "To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world." A sincere thank-you to everyone who was the world to one person today. I couldn't have done it without you and am excited about what the future will bring. There will be information about the next Mobile Food Drive in March coming up soon!