Thanks to everyone that came out for our Thanksgiving Food Box drive!
This is the 4th year we’d given out our food boxes and this year, with some great partnerships we were able to help 53 families in 3 different towns! The families we provided for came recommended from schools, social workers and friends. The biggest family we served had 9 kids and are refuges from Africa!
We had approximately 35 volunteers, including some cub scouts and girl scouts come help put boxes together this time. That’s a record for us
and it’s funny to think of just 4 years ago there was only 3 of us putting boxes together in someone’s house!
This year, we were honored to be part of RacingSouthwest’s annual charity drive. Additionally, we were surprised with a $500 grant from Thrivent Financial which was a HUGE help to us! The fantastic kids at Cuba Elementary School collected over 9 boxes of food for our drive and Albuquerque United Methodist Church that donated their church wide food drive goods to us! Our friend FoFo was gracious enough to let us use The Event Palace to put boxes together and as a place for families to come pick them up. Having a place to do activities has been a big deal for us! Thanks so much EVERYONE! We are loving the connections we are making and the network we’re building with folks that want to be involved in their communities!
It seems to be tradition that at least one of our families every year has suffered a house fire and we’re able to help them out in more ways than just food. This year was no exception. We had one family, that we found out about from one of our volunteers, that had a house fire and lost everything.
The woman in the family was trying to find some employment, but as you can imagine, it has been difficult because she didn’t have the proper clothes for interviews or customer facing work. It was particularly hard for this gal as she is very petite and none of her friends were able to donate clothes that fit.
It “just happened” that we have a very small woman that had some clothes and household goods she was wanting to donate somewhere!! We were able to get the clothes to the woman so that she could begin a job at a retail store the next week! LOVE IT when that stuff works out!
This year, in addition to the food boxes and clothes, we were able to distribute out some handmade hat/mitten sets that Bev’s mom in NY makes for us. It was fun to watch everyone oohing and ahhing over all the sets, especially the ones for kids! These are some kids at a Head Start program in a small rural NM town enjoying their new winter gear! We love this photo!
It was a really fun time! Thanks again to everyone that pitched in to help!!