As I type this blog I am finding myself speechless. If you know me at all, you know that never happens. I am still stunned and, to be honest, still needing to thaw from our annual Together We Can Holiday Food Drive.
I am always amazed at the stories people tell me while they are donating. One lady stopped me and said, "I've got a story to tell you why I am donating. I was hungry and you fed me. Now I have been blessed and am able to donate, so I am." She handed me a check for $400, which got me a little teary eyed and she gave me a hug. Another gentleman came up and said, "You guys do that Kids Cafe thing, right?" I responded to him, "Yes, sir at 10 sites in Amarillo." He replied, "My son went every day when he was at San Jacinto, when we were hard up and I was working 3 jobs." He turned and gave me three $100 bills. I couldn't find any other words than, "Thank you." He started tearing up, and said, "NO! Thank you for feeding my kid when I couldn't."
There was a new widow who came up to me with tears in her eyes. "My husband donated to you guys every year during your food drive. He just passed three weeks ago and I am determined to carry on his tradition." There were a host of Sunday school groups that had collected funds during their meetings and every one of them so kind and faithful. Each had a story as to why, all of them centered on faith and giving to the ones in need. Countless others stopped me and said, "Thank you for the work you do!" I have been doing this long enough to know that it's not me. So I always respond, "If it weren't for you, we would not be able to do what we do, so THANK YOU!"
It's humbling, and amazing and heartbreaking; to see how the Food Bank has touched others' lives and impacted their surroundings -- it's just astounding. That's why I love this event. I get a front row seat to watch the community rally around the cause and make the work we do possible.
Our goal was to collect food and monetary donations that would make it possible for us to provide 500,000 meals. To do this we would need to collect $90,000 and 120,000 lbs. of food. As of today we have far exceeded our goal with 760,800 meals! ($120,000 and 134,000 lbs.)
We couldn't be more proud of the Panhandle! We never worry about making our goals because the community, our neighbors, have always made it happen!
Of course, there is still time to make a donation. You can do it online www.hpfb.org/donate, in person at our offices 815 S. Ross, or by mail, PO Box 31802, Amarillo TX, 79120
Thanks again! Together We Can....and did....and will continue to!
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