Weather Is (Almost) Cooperative As Branch 258 Completes 2018 Food Drive
Based on past experience, volunteers and carriers have become used to, and in some cases grown to expect, food drive day to be a rainy day. While the rain did eventually come again this year, mother nature was polite enough to wait until the very end, as showers did not arrive until approximately 5:30 PM. For the 27th annual food drive event on May 12, carriers and volunteers collected an estimated 40,000 pounds of food for the Greater Berks Food Bank, which will again help people from all across Berks County. A big thank you is once again in order for all of the carriers and volunteers, in every part of the process from collecting food, to trucking it to the food bank, to sorting and packing. As branch president Ranalli stated earlier in the day, we gave families the opportunity to choose paying for other bills in addition to, not instead of eating. Greater Berks Food Bank directer Peg Bianca also cited an example of a recent senior citizen applicant who will now be able to have food on her table despite a monthly income of $207. Again, thank you to all participants who made this special, once a year event possible.
It was a bright day and a Christmas made brighter as two families and veterans were honored at the 2017 Annual George Cook Adopt-A-Family celebration, The event was again held at the IBEW building on Morgan Drive in Sinking Spring. This year, the branch again provided a donation to the homeless veterans organization headed by Doug Graybill, which has become another tradition that we celebrate with pride on this occasion. Santa Claus again was gracious with his time and lap, as members families, and friends again shared fellowship, joy, and gifts with the family honorees and each other. Branch 258 would like to thank all who donated and organized our celebration and made this wonderful event possible. In addition, Branch 258 would like to send a special thanks to the people of the House of Good Food, who donated an outstanding catered feast to the group this year. We are confident that all attendees left the event as both full and uplifted.