Christmas in July Food Drive Results (& an Extra Helping of Faith!!!) by Stephanie Redmond, Digital Marketing Coordinator
I went over to the GRM Donation Center food pantry yesterday morning to take some photos because Gary, (Gary Williams our Donation Center Supervisor) told me we got in about 135 lbs of food from the Christmas in July Food Drive. Now, if you’re like me you might be thinking, "Well is that a lot or a little?” (Keep that in mind for just a second.)
So I get over to the food pantry and I’m expecting this huge, heaping mass of food, right? No, not really. There were three medium sized boxes and a crate or two. I looked at Gary and I looked at the boxes and said, “This is it?” He said, “Yes.” I was really surprised. When he said 135 lbs of food I really thought there was going to be a lot more. He told me this was about 5% of what GRM is going to need from now through the end of the year if we’re going to keep helping the families that come in asking for food - not to mention feeding the men, women and children in the GRM shelters.
I admit, I started to worry. This really wasn’t that much food from the look of the boxes, but Gary, bless his heart, had exactly the right thing to say about that: “I don’t worry. God sends us what we need when we need it and if food doesn’t come in this way, which we're VERY grateful for this much, it’ll come in another. Yeah, we do the work, but it’s God who blesses and provides for all the people that come to the mission (GRM) for help. It’s not us that needs to figure out how to get it. That’s His job and He is a good Father, He provides for His kids.” And without missing a beat he added, “Now if He would just send us some rain ’n help cool things off here for the guys.” (talking about the guys that stay at the GRM Men’s shelter who come over to work (for free/volunteer) in the donation yard.
(Side note: no kidding, it did rain the next morning! God was totally listening in on that conversation, praise God! He hears us when we pray - even if we don’t realize we’re praying, it looks like!)
Gary’s faith was really precious and genuine, you could feel it in that little food pantry.
Next, Eddy (a guy from the shelter who, it turns out is awesome at setting up displays -see photo above) and I set up the cans, boxes, and bags of donated food. I say I, but really the set up was all Eddy. He did a fabulous job really. It turns out that 135 lbs is a lot of food and we are so grateful for it, too. Especially because we can use it to help so many families in need in our local Tucson community.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Christmas in July Food Drive! Keep the donations coming, we need lots of help!
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