Friday, September 26, 2014

Today is Friday...

and what's on your agenda today?  Since I am writing this from the northwest, many of you are already well into your day.  Friday for me is Northwest Harvest day, another volunteer day.  Northwest Harvest's mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger.  There is usually a core group of people who come on a regular basis.  The remainder of the group is usually made up of businesses...employees from Microsoft, Starbucks, Bank of America, etc.  And, what we're doing is always a surprise.  One day we will be bagging rice, oatmeal, or frozen peas and carrots...on another we will be boxing potatoes or corn-on-the-cob, putting labels on canned green beans that a company has donated due to the labeling was missed on that particular shipment, or working assembly-line fashion putting together weekend meals for children.  At the end of our day, though it's only a 3 hour shift, the lead of NH will let us know how many thousands of pounds of food we processed, or how many cans we labeled.  It's a feel good day.  Below are pictures of whole carrots, which were boxed, and kidney beans, which were cupped into 1 lb bags.  If you're looking for something to do, volunteering is satisfying in so many ways.  No, you may not directly see who you are helping, but to know that you "are" helping someone out there, is all you need to know to make your day!

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