Here, Vail and New Jersey, too.
|Can tree in Millburn, New Jersey|
captures the holiday spirit.
Photo by Ari Kaplan
Now the one idea that makes no money—but is turning out to be the best reward ever—helps feed thousands upon thousands of hungry kids and their parents. That idea, One Can A Week is making noises just like it may be a “hit”.
|Photo by Ari Kaplan|
“A few weeks ago, I made a presentation to the Wyoming Elementary School PTO (Parent Teachers Organization) and the principal at our elementary school suggesting that we expand the program to the school and encourage children to bring in a can every week. I promised to take care of all of the logistics - e.g., buying the clear plastic bins and taking the cans to the pantry, with Hannah's help, of course. In our first week alone, we collected over 40 cans from the school program (essentially quadrupling our weekly numbers) and we made the attached can tree, which seemed to have a holiday image to it :)
Merv and Judi Wingard are approaching their one year One Can A Week anniversary with some very good news. On December 3rd I received a call from Mark Tate, a volunteer at Greater Vail Community Services Branch of Catalina Community Services. He wanted to know if their newly opened branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Vail could be the drop off point for the
donations. The answer is yes, of course, In our meeting on the 27th, we will
discuss Academy Village donations and more important,
how to expand One Can A Week into
schools and other communities in Vail. Great way to start the New Year. Academy Village
Neighborhood Ft. Lowell
A couple of week back
Frank Flash replied to my post on gratitude.
He wrote: “Attacks of Gratitude captures a feeling
that is hard to describe but is so fulfilling. I was on my way to a model
railroad club meeting on Sunday and I think I saw you in your truck going West
on Broadway. I think I am going to need a truck soon as the volume of food
people are giving is growing. We have 14 HOA's working with us in the Old Fort
Lowell Neighborhood. It is starting to become a bit competitive between the HOA
The 18th Truck Load
Next week there will be another Sprouts on the donation list. After meeting with
Richard Rodriguez the new manager of Sprouts- North
Oracle we decided to set up One Can A
Week on Wednesdays (coupon day). This means a new donation bin, new signage
and a whole bunch of new participants. Yes!
This week’s donations amounted to 570 lbs. and included River View Estates, 110 lbs.; Sprouts (Speedway), 78 lbs.; Miles School, 188 lbs., and Miles Neighborhood, 194 lbs.
Chub is Back
My last stop on
E. Manlove Street
near S. Cherry Street
is the Ellinwood Family. As I got out of my truck a scruffy looking orange
tabby cat crossed the road in front of me. He (I guessed his gender because my
vet says 80% of orange tabbies are male) slowed down and began meowing as soon
as he hit the driveway. “Is that Al’s cat?” I muttered aloud. We thought we
lost him to a rogue dog or coyote weeks ago.
It was, matted hair and all. I scooped him up and drive him to Al’s home immediately and called Al, who is still in the hospital, right after finishing my route. A happy day for all three of us.
We collected a total of 194 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $36.00, a $25.00 check and $11.00 in cash.
See you Sunday,