Food Drive Finished
Well, not exactly finished. We still have three or four families whose numbers were disconnected or not accurate to find. I'm feeling, um, melancholy or something like it after year two of the food drive. Year one was amazing. We collected 5,500 items with ease.
This year, every turn had an obstacle. Two stores, Wal-Mart and Shaw's "changed" policies which disallowed our student from collecting food at the same time as the Salvation Army. One of the stores was particularly nearsighted and downright rude. But, both locations gave us times on Sunday, when the Salvation Army wasn't collecting. Our local IGA store provided some hours, but not nearly enough (however, I will point out that their customers were by far the most generous).
We added a Fill-the-Bus event, which didn't come close to reaching our projected total for the day--apparently Winter Storm Albert scared people away from the event. I also think our advertising could use some improvement.
But in the end, I shouldn't complain about collecting 5,800 items, 300 more than last year, and helping 16 families, twice as many as last year. It's just that I know what this food drive can look like, and how many students could be participating. The question is, how do we convince our student body and faculty that this is one of the greatest opportunities of their school year to learn something truly important?