Salvation Army Food Drive

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In early May for the last several years, my church has participated in a food collection for the Salvation Army Food Banks of Greater Philadelphia.

We'll be knocking on doors in our neighborhoods this Saturday, May 8th and handing out a brown paper bag to be filled with staples like canned vegetables, rice, pasta, tuna fish, etc.

Like everything else in the country, times are tough on Food Banks. The less people have, the less they can give.

Two years ago as my husband and I were talking to neighbors and handing out the collection bags, a woman who lives one street over told us she would like to donate, but just had enough for her and her daughter to get by on. Ours is a typical middle class American neighborhood, no McMansions, mostly 3 bedroom Dutch Colonials; we were touched by her need.

I addressed the deacons of our church who pulled together and bought her a gift card from a local grocery store which we delivered to her the next week. The little girl's hand was shaking when she took the gift card from me. It was grassroots support at it's finest.

The response that jumps to mind from several neighbors was, "You know I wanted to do something to help those less fortunate then me, but I didn't know where to start."

So here we go again this year with hearts and hands reaching out to fill the Greater Philadelphia Salvation Army Food Bank.

You know even when I get real down on life, it lifts my spirit to extend a hand to someone in need.

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Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
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Suzanne,

Sounds like a great program.  Hope many will contribute.  I would imagine the food banks all over the country need help.

May 05, 2010 07:12 AM #1
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Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
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Richard - Yes. Every metropolitan area food bank is hurting right now.

May 05, 2010 07:15 AM #2
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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Suzanne, you've just shown that it's as simple as connecting with your neighbors. There are so many out there in need today, you don't have to look far.

May 05, 2010 09:07 AM #3
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Suzanne, I have tried to do more each year with this group.  I have been able to give more time as of late because of the business climate.  Hope I can keep it up

May 05, 2010 02:31 PM #4
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Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
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Connie - It was a real eye opener to find one of my neighbors in dire need. It CAN happen to any one.

William - Bless you for rolling up your sleeves and giving of yourself to others.

 

  

May 06, 2010 09:08 AM #5
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Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Suzanne, I hope this was a successful event!

Gloria

May 11, 2010 08:30 AM #6
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Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
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Gloria - Last Saturday was the door knocking and dropping off. This Saturday is the gathering of the bags filled with the food. We'll know how successful it was this weekend. Thanks for the well wishes.

 

May 11, 2010 08:51 AM #7
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