Thanks, Cliff…and thousands more.
September 22, 2008 § 4 Comments
THANK YOU – We graciously thank all of the community members who donated their time and money to our Hurricane Ike relief efforts. As of 1 p.m. Monday, more than 375,000 pounds of food & supplies and $420,000 has been donated by Central Texas.
Dozens who volunteered for the first time at CAFB last week, including Dorothy Galloway who is living in Austin with her son until her home in Houston has electricity again. On Friday, Galloway filed papers, folded newsletters and helped the Food Bank staff with various projects.
“People have been kind to me, and I thought maybe I had something to give back,” Galloway said.
And many long-time volunteers have put in hours for Ike relief, too. Cliff Wilkes has sorted food donations once a week in the CAFB warehouse since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This week, Wilkes gave Hurricane Ike evacuees emergency food packages and saw the direct impact of volunteering at the Food Bank.
“You see all walks of life coming through the lines,” said Wilkes. “Whether they’re driving a ten-year-old Datsun or a three-week-old Escalade, they still may have lost their houses and need help. So that’s why we’re here and that’s what we’re doing. People are very appreciative.”
We would not be able to serve thousands of evacuees without the help of our volunteers, and equally as important are those who gave monetary contributions. A couple came in on their seventh wedding anniversary and gave $300.
“We decided to take all the money we would have spent on flowers, dinner and gifts and donate it to the Food Bank,” she said. “We are going to have a simple meal at home tonight.”
Ike Relief Update, as of 2pm Monday –
This week, we will send up to seven (7) tractor-trailers of food and supplies to the Houston Food Bank and Montgomery County Food Bank. Each truck holds about 42,000 pounds.
CAFB staff deployed to help:
CAFB Warehouse Lead, Ryan Toups, is at the Houston Food Bank this week, assisting with shipping and receiving. CAFB driver, Miguel Barthe is helping the New Orleans Food Bank serve western parishes of Louisiana, which were impacted by both Gustav and Ike.
Evacuees staying in Central Texas can receive emergency food packages from our Partner Agencies throughout Central Texas. We are working closely with our Partner Agencies to make sure they are stocked to meet the demand. A referral list of agencies is at www.austinfoodbank.org
About 8,000 emergency food packages, total, have been distributed so far.
The Food Bank will continue to accept donations on-site, around the clock, Monday through Friday.
MOST NEEDED: Canned meats and soups with pop-top lids, and diapers (adult and baby), Granola bars, Peanut butter, Personal care items (shampoo, toothbrushes, soap, feminine hygiene).
** We no longer need bottled water or pet food. **