The 92.9 WTUG annual food drive has begun!  Last year, I wasn't able to participate much; but I did a food drive at Piggly Wiggly on Culver Road Friday, and the participation was nothing short of amazing!

I went out with a goal of collecting 92 cans.  To be honest, I didn't expect to meet my goal.  However, I don't believe in asking anyone to do anything that I don't do myself.  So, as soon as I got set up, I went inside and bought a few cans of vegetables.  I came outside and did my break.  In that break, I expressed my goal again.  A gentleman was walking by, and he stopped when he heard me.  Once I finished, he asked me what my goal was again, and I told him.  He went into the store, and came out with bags of items, saying he couldn't purchase 92, but he would contribute to meeting 92. So, I began my "wall of goods."


I guess people liked the wall, because they kept adding to it.  I'd get 3 cans here and 6 cans there until I was afraid the wall would fall.  So, I took them down and lined them up. While lining them up, I talked with a lady who'd just exited the store with a young man.  She asked what I was doing, and I told her. The young man was so determined to contribute that he went back into the store and purchased a few items.



I was already emotional at the beginning of my drive because I was 1/3 of the way to my goal within 30 minutes of being on location. Oftentimes, the areas where people are perceived to have the least are the places overflowing with an abundance of love and looking out for one another.  The love displayed by the people donating made me want to be a bit more loving.  So, I let a couple of cold children wear my coat into the store and helped an older lady get her groceries to her vehicle and put them inside for her. It was the least I could do for a community that had done so much for me in the little amount of time I was there.

So, our food drive will continue through Thanksgiving, as preparation for Christmas and the winter months will be necessary.  Help us out.  As you are out and about getting your own food, if you are able, grab an extra can of vegetables, fruit, a bag of flour, cornmeal, etc. to donate for someone in need. It'll make them feel good to know someone cares, but that doesn't compare to the feeling of simply being grateful for the opportunity and ability to give!

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