MLK Day 2021
During the weekend prior to MLK Day, our local government officials sponsored a massive food drive in our township, to be delivered today. The local elementary schools also ran food drives, as did our township's big retirement community. And then there were the individual and church donations. The Pantry isn't open for donations on Monday mornings ordinarily, but in the face of all this giving, extra hours were scheduled. Knowing this special event was coming, I offered to come in for an extra shift this week.
What a morning it was! The outpouring was overwhelming. Fortunately, Deb had scheduled all kinds of extra volunteers for weighing and date checking. The retirement community sent two full carloads full and the Presbyterian church four. There were six from the government officials, and two or three from the elementary PTA. Outside with me were some of the government folks: the president of the township commissioners, a tireless guy who works in the office of our Congresswoman, and -- to my delight -- out local state representative who grew up with my older son and remembered playing in our back yard. These men unloaded trunks, filled carts, hauled groceries inside, bantering with each other all the while. It was about 39 degrees the whole time and even though I've been home more than two hours now, I'm still feeling bone chilled. Bone-chilled, yes, but heart-warmed at the same time.
It wasn't until we were nearly finished that it occurred to me to take some pictures. It was definitely a morning to remember.
|The local Presbyterians brought all of this.|
|Carts at the ready.|
|MLK Day volunteers weighing and date-checking the donations.|