I have a great friend who is sometimes is too smart for his own good. But his advice is sage, his common sense is welcomed and his support is evident. The combination of those things has recently led me to draft a couple of letters to companies that have been manufacturing the products I have been using for the venture I began for our local Food Bank.
I penned a few well-constructed emails today to let the companies know how integral their products have been to the success of our Freezer Crockpot meals. In a world so full of negativity, it’s nice to be able to spread a modicum of happiness. In those letters I did nothing more than tell the truth about how much of a difference this project has made to our small community and how much their product has helped with that success.
In a few short hours, I had my first email response. Nowhere in my email did I ask for anything but, after being so impressed with the project and inspired by our story, this company immediately offered to send us some complimentary products to “help continue our excellent work”.
For those of you who know me, or follow my blog on a regular basis, you will know that some tears were shed after I read that email. And I’m not completely sure if the tears were of pure joy because this company didn’t hesitate to help or because my friend was right….again. Regardless of their cause, my cheeks welcomed the emotion.
This Food Bank project has been a labor of love since the beginning and the more time I spend organizing, shopping and setting up the volunteers, the more I know this is not just a one-shot deal. This enterprise has become a part of my life, and one I hope to continue for a long time. And now that I know even more support is out there, more home-cooked meals will make it into deserving homes during their tough times.