Letters from the food receiving organizations:
The Spanish Catholic Center 1618 Monroe St. NW, Washington, DC 20010
Attn. Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive:
The Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities had the great privilege of participating in this impressive food drive each year. The Center was blessed to receive an entire van full of canned goods, which will help our center serve the both the immediate community within Colombia Heights as well as those who commute to the center in need of food. The generous gifts will provide the Spanish Catholic Center with a much needed emergency stock throughout these winter months and the year to come. Thanks to all the Parishes in the area for donating to this wonderful event, and a special thanks to many the volunteers at the Geico Headquarters who made Saturday run smoothly and pass as a joyful occasion for all.
As I told Rick this morning, we were so pleased to be assigned to Holy Trinity. The word to describe that campus on Saturday morning was "joy" -- every one of the people there, from Principal Charlie Hennessy, to the parents unloading their cars, to the volunteers receiving, counting and loading the trucks -- were clearly very happy to be there and their joy was infectious. It was so good to see families living the Gospel with such sheer and utter joy.
Southern Maryland Food Bank
Good morning everyone,
Below are the totals we collected at the Greg Gannon Food Drive, this past weekend. Thank you to Natalie, Stephanie, Jessica, Ms. Cresswell, Deacon Jim 1, Deacon Jim 2 and every one on this team that made this a success. The SMD Food Bank is full for the first time in over a year. A huge thank you to St. Elizabeth and St. Jane's for their support and all out effort to make this a great event.
The competition was close with St. Elizabeth filling half our truck with the school donations, before the first car pulled up to unload. Their total weight was 9,647 pounds, which as of this morning is feeding 480 families.Not to be outdone was St. Jane's coming in at the last minute to edge out the completion and they collected 9,934 pounds, which again has already starting to feed 495 families.
All and all this was a true blessing for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and I am very grateful to all!
I would like to say a special thank you to my team. In Southern Maryland we often work long hours with limited staff all week long, but when I asked the staff to work on aSaturday, there was not a moments hesitation from them. They were professional, upbeat and ready for the task, as they always are. Thank you to George, Andrew and Dexter for a job more than well done!
Because of all of you Southern Maryland will be fed this week!
With great appreciation,
Southern Maryland Food Bank