We’d like to participate in the Thanksgiving Food Basket program for the Senior Programs Office of Western Indiana Community Action Agency. The Thanksgiving baskets will be given to the Foster Grandparent Volun teers who otherwise might not have a Thanksgiving meal.
“The Foster Grandparent Program is a nonprofit composed of low-income seniors who spend their weekdays at local schools and daycares. They provide a positive influence on the children that they work with, oftentimes being rewarded with flowers by their classrooms as a “thank you” for doing such a good job. These are not just normal volunteers. These people want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They understand that some of these children do not have a role model at home, and these grandparents are there for them. One of the biggest rewards these volunteers receive is just being called “Grandma” and “Grandpa.” To someone who may not have grandchildren, this might just be the catalyst for them to keep helping out.” (from the donation letter).
If you would like to participate, please let me know the item(s) from the following list, you would like to donate. Or, if you prefer, donate money to be used toward the purchase of items for the baskets. We thought we’d aim for 3 baskets.
The baskets are to be delivered around November 20th, so please don’t bring in a turkey just yet.
>>That email was followed with one that upped the ante:
The Systems Department is issuing a challenge to the Admin Office, Public Services, Special Collections and Technical Services to each sponsor a Thanksgiving Basket for the Foster Grandparent’s program.
Each department has the option to:
1) Collect items and/or money and send the items & money to Dara, who will do the shopping for the items not donated
2) Collect items and/or money and someone in the department shop for the items not donated.
3) Opt out of the basket all together. Individuals in the department can still contribute by sending items/money to Dara, who will create a basket.
Then time passed as each department went about gathering its items in its own way.
Finally today, November 20, we saw the culmination of everyone’s efforts. The original goal of 3 was surpassed with a grand total of 7, and packed in re-usable laundry baskets. Thanks to Ginger Garvey for providing the transportation needed to get everything delivered in one trip and thanks to the departments: Public Services, Technical Services, Library Administrative Office, Systems, and Special Collections.