Monday, May 23, 2011

124th Week Update - Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project

Hi Folks,

A Wallflower at the Sunflower

Last Wednesday when I picked up the Sunflower Market donation of two cans and talked to Rosemary about the situation, she said the Community Food Bank box has to be positioned up against the wall and out of the way of traffic. And that it is.

Unfortunately, the customers coming out of any of the seven checkout lanes seldom catch sight of the white box even with the cute Thank You Kids beckoning. The photo below shows the visual dilemma. Without the obvious red arrow marking the spot, it would be difficult to locate the box in the picture.

I brought this fact up and Rosemary, not one to dwell much on the negative said, “Well, can you make the box hot pink or something?”

In the next two days I picked up a new donation box at the Community Food Bank, bought some “very” pink wrapping paper at Wal-Mart and by Saturday afternoon I had the box a sight to behold. Even without the red arrow, that bright spot under the window and up against the wall is easy to see.

Before and After

Even though the Community Food Bank box is still a wallflower at the Sunflower Market, its new look will surely attract a lot of attention and a lot of donations for that matter.

This is what the Sunflower customers see and experience when they step up to help the needy in Tucson.

Back in the Cabriolet Again
The best part about this Sunday for me was having my Cabriolet helping me collect food again. It’s just more fun driving that little bug with a big red umbrella. There’s a new starter motor, a new freeze plug and several new vacuum system thingies I put in myself.

It starts right up now and as a reward for such good behavior, I let it sun itself in the mornings at the Axis Food Mart Monday – Thursday. Turns out it is a great conversation piece, too.

We collected a total of 172 lbs. of food, including 14 lbs. from The Axis Food Mart. The money we donated amounted to $30.50 … a $25.00 check and $5.50 in cash.

See you Sunday.


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