I just received a visit from one of my new friends at Northwest Harvest, who stopped by to thank me and thank KING for the success of the 2nd KING 5 School's Out! Summer Food Drive.
I say friend, because after months of planning and a week's worth of cold and rainy morning's spent together collecting food and donations - I think Matthew Campbell and I have earned the title! He is the new Special Events and Corporate Relations Manager for Northwest Harvest and if his coordination efforts on this drive are any indication, Northwest Harvest has many more successful campaigns ahead.
So thank YOU Matt, for attending to every logistic detail and making my part of the process seem small in comparison.
When Matt and I (and many others; Claire, Angela, Dan, you're all fabulous!) set out to organize a summer food drive in Western Washington, we never would have guessed we'd be wearing parkas, huddling under tents, and wishing we had brought propane heaters. It made us even more appreciative of the hot coffee our sponsors, the Northwest Carpenters, brought with them each day. We'll have to make sure that detail is part of the planning process next year!
What's most memorable of course is not the weather, not the coffee, but the impressive end result:
390 volunteer hours.
$23,007 dollars raised.
143,749 lbs of donated food (including a 120,000 lb donation of potatoes from Rotary First Harvest)
Every individual who participated had a story.
Families who had been using the food bank's services for months while unemployed were there to make donations and celebrate their new jobs. Teachers who know which students receive free and reduced meals during the school year and worry about those same kids during the summer. Kids themselves who saved up allowance to buy a few cans of food. Each donation was touching and inspiring and quickly took the chill out of those damp mornings.
I would be remiss for not thanking the Malls that hosted us and personalities who kept us entertained. The Seagals, Lincoln from the Everett Silvertips, Cool Bird from the Seattle Thunderbirds, Rhubarb from the Tacoma Rainiers, Blitz and Blue Thunder from the Seattle Seahawks. It was an awesome effort from many of our local teams. We loved having them there and hope they come back!
To learn more about the School's Out! Summer Food Drive, you can read my previous post http://www.king5.com/community/Home-Team-gearing-up-for-2nd-Annual-KING-5-Schools-Out-Summer-Food-Drive-95897824.html
Or go to the Northwest Harvest website http://www.northwestharvest.org/ and hear about all of the wonderful programs they have going on in Washington State.
If you were there, thank you! Tell your friends, spread the word! We have set the bar high and plan to top in next year. See you then.