Monday, February 4, 2013

213th Week Update - Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project

Hi Folks,
Big Step Forward for One Can A Week

It happened again. We just keep on doing what we do and things start to change for the better all around us. On Thursday I got another one of those completely unexpected emails from Laura Sanchez, Web Content & Donor Relations Specialist at the Community Food Bank.

“Hey Peter,

“It’s Laura from the Community Food Bank. We’ve spoken a few times at the Rincon Market. Congratulations on being featured on the Inauguration blog. What a great national story! We love your blog and try to highlight it when possible on social media. The Association of Arizona Food Banks actually tweeted us that great article from the Inauguration.

“We know you are already collecting monetary and food donations; but we wanted to help create a way for you to promote this food drive and collect money online more easily. So, we set up a Virtual Food Drive for One Can A Week.

“All donations made on this virtual food drive page will be tracked as One Can A Week Food Drive donations and will be included with your monetary totals report. (You have already raised over $10,000 for the Community Food Bank and we can’t thank you enough for your efforts!)”

What a great idea … virtual One Can A Week. All donations go directly to the Food Bank through their secure website. After thinking about this new feature for a few days I realized this is perfect for those who work in offices and have a hard time remembering to bring a donation to work. Now they can become a One Can A Week participant simply by filling out a form to donate $4.00 every month… $1.00 a week for one can. They will never miss the money and they will never miss a week helping feed hungry folks and their kids.

Interestingly enough, the “set it and forget it” One Can A Week virtual program is as easy as placing a can outside your front door every Sunday. And like our friendly Thank You notes, the Community Food Bank sends out Thank You notes of their own. You may forget you are a One Can A Week virtual participant, but the Food Bank will let you know how important you are to them every month.

Please post a link to our One Can A Week virtual program on your Facebook page and Twitter account. Thanks.

Spiffed up and ready to go

Around 3 pm, Signs Now on Speedway and Alvernon called to say the S10 was ready. Even though I had to take the bus one more time I was still all smiles. On this last bus trek, I had to wait no longer than a minute or two at each bus stop before the bus arrived. I took this as a good sign.

The truck was parked outside the store’s front door when I walked up. The first thing I noticed was the craftsmanship. It was outstanding. Maybe I should call it craftswomanship because Barbara does all of the wrap installations at Signs Now. The hood looked painted, not vinyl wrapped, and the window washer spray mounts were covered, too, as if they were molded. Add to this Dave’s signage design and you have a superior job.

The best part is the Cabriolet paid for most of the signage. U-Pull-It Auto Parts, the salvage yard near Ajo and Commercial Way gave me $300 for the car and I kicked in $8.00. It’s like the Cabriolet is still riding around with me helping collect One Can A Week.

Next I bought an $8.00 can of black spray paint at AutoZone and on Saturday afternoon sanded and coated the truck’s finish that had been mangled by the Arizona sun. Ten feet back the Chevy S10 now looks all rugged and shiny again.

As our President said, nobody builds anything alone so I’d like to recommend some great partners when you have signs to make and autos to fix or trash.

Signs Now
3955 E. Speedway Blvd.
Suite 109
(520) 325-7446

U-Pull-It Auto Parts
4151 E. Michigan St.
(520) 790-5211

Both of these companies like our One Can A Week program and helped out with the pricing.

Thinking of Adolph Farragut
On January 16th, Barbara’s husband died. After a long illness, “It was quick and quiet,” she told me the other day when I ran into her while walking Adam. She looked a bit tired but said her family and friends are taking very good care of her. With all the prepared meals and dining out she hasn’t cooked in weeks.

On Sunday, Lenny handed me a $100 check from his brother Dickie who wanted to make a donation to the food bank in Adolph’s name. Barbara will find that gesture especially comforting.

We collected a total of 184 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $158.00, two checks for $125.00 and $33.00 in cash.

See you Sunday,


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