Sunday, September 27, 2009

Potato Packin'

Saturday we spent the morning at the Oregon Food Bank with a group of eight from church. This visit included a new experience ... aprons, gloves and hairnets! We were assigned to pack 5 pound bags of potatoes and when that was finished ... it was on to packing pears.
It is amazing what a large group of volunteers can accomplish working side-by-side for a good cause. One thing that impressed me was the age range of volunteers ... from the elderly to school-age children. I was reminded that we are never too old to give ... there are chairs available for those who are not able to stand for long periods of time. I love seeing the children involved. They have such enthusiasm! Thinking back ... I wish we would have involved our kids in family service projects.
Our two-hour shift always goes by much too quickly due to the good conversation, laughter and an occasional find ... like heart-shaped potatoes! You don't seem to notice the backache or sore muscles ... until much later : )
With the combined effort of the potato/pear team we packed 26,480 lbs of food which contributed to 20,698 meals and each volunteer packed food for 244 people. It's amazing how so little time can make such a huge difference in someone else's life.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

it was great to volunteer with you. thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to help feed families in oregon. who knows what we will get to do next time!!LOL

-MM

>> said...

We always end up going on different days... we should setup a day in November or December. Maybe we'll get lucky and get onions>

-Matt

Becky said...

What a great idea! I would be interested in helping with you too.
If there is not a limit on group size- let me know when you plan to go next. Thanks, Becky

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