At this very moment, the Tantara Transportation Corp Hawkeye Hauler truck is parked in the Hy-Vee lot and little by little we’re filling it with food donations. Welcome to Freezin’ For Food 2016! At the start of this week, the aforementioned truck was EMPTY aside from a few pieces of broadcast equipment and our heater. Each year during Two Weeks of Love (Freezin’ For Food and Toy Time), we work to help the Salvation Army of Muscatine via food and toy donations.
The need for food in Muscatine continues to rise, and that is why I decided to use this column space to speak directly to you, the reader. The Salvation Army needs YOU. Whatever you can give WILL make a difference in OUR community. Think about that for a second. Even if at the very least all you can give is your time to ring the bell at a red kettle, that will still help improve the quality of someone’s life. Or perhaps your workplace would like to get involved and gather a few bucks to purchase the $5 bags Hy-Vee packs (full of food items that are specifically requested by the Salvation Army folks)—that would be so helpful!
What continues to impress me the most about Muscatine (quite frankly the entire county) is how much we can come together to help those who need it the most. Last year the Salvation Army of Muscatine served over 1,000 families and children. Let that sink in for a second because it hit me like a ton of bricks. That makes it easy for me to not complain about being out at the truck each day from 7 a.m. till 11 a.m. I am blessed to be in a place that allows me to know there will be food on the table for my family, and I never take that for granted.
So please, read this and come be part of something that really helps our community. We’ll be happy to help you unload a truck, grocery cart, whatever it takes. If you’re free Saturday, December 3, we’d love to see you that morning at the Salvation Army of Muscatine during the delivery and unloading of the donations. If you’ve stopped by the truck already, thank you, and God bless you.