Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mobile Pantry Christmas – The Celebration!

The spirit of goodwill this holiday season was shown on December 10 when the Food Bank distributed over 70 toys to the children of migrant farm workers. The toys were donated through the efforts of Triton Taylor’s Eagle Scout project “Tunes for Toys Concert” which was held in November. Rosa Avila, coordinator for the Mobile Pantry Program, and Ana Igareda, long time Clothes Closet volunteer, organized the event in Franklin. Point Pleasant Church, where the program is held each month, also donated blankets to all the families.

Some of the little ones were a bit overwhelmed with the activities and gifts.

After food boxes, clothing and Christmas presents were distributed, I noticed a father working with his little son, assembling a new toy. The little guy watched with eyes wide in anticipation and wonder as his Dad carefully worked. After a few minutes, his new toy was assembled and both father and son enjoyed their time together as they played.

We saw and felt the humble appreciation of our clients in Franklin. They showed us the caring they have for each other, by sharing the food, clothing and gifts they received. They knew the ones in their community who have the most need and shared what they could. It is always a privilege to serve these kind people in Franklin, we always leave with a full heart.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mobile Pantry Christmas – More Prep Work

Our busy and super organized volunteers have been at work again. The presents they matched to each young child served by the Mobile Pantry program got wrapped and grouped by family. Each family’s presents are in these bags.

Our thoughtful volunteers did not forget the parents in their mission to bring a Christmas celebration to our Franklin clients. The Clothes Closet added some clothing for the parents. Most parents requested socks and underwear.

These Christmas presents will be added to the regular monthly distribution of food and clothing to our clients in the rural Franklin area.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mobile Pantry Christmas

Busy volunteers matched presents to the requests of approximately 70 young children served by our Mobile Pantry program. The toys were donated through the efforts of Triton’s Eagle Scout project (see previous Tunes for Toys post).

These wonderful “elves” worked to match an appropriate toy to each child's age and gender.

The wrapped presents will be delivered with the monthly Mobile Pantry
delivery of food and clothing.

It is our hope to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to our clients in the Franklin area.

Supplies for the Homeless

In the way-back part of the warehouse, ingenious volunteers have carved out a storage area for items designated for Elk Grove’s homeless community. Thoughtful donors have brought in sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletry items for distribution to the homeless.

Did you notice the colorful storage bins in the first photo? Our very efficient volunteers have sorted travel-sized essentials in them. Ever wonder what to do with the travel-sized shampoos from your hotel stay? We have a bin for that and will distribute to those in need.