When Fran Ussery came back from her meeting with the folks at Irving Cares she was pumped up. She came into my office and asked me to help her create a company-wide challenge to gather non-perishable food items for distribution within our community. What we came up with is a campaign called Ussery cares about Irving Cares.
We decided to measure our donations by weight instead of more traditional dollar or quantity measures. We located an old but eclectic flat shipping scale that now has a new life in our reception area. We’ll weigh-in our food items and keep a tally of their weight during the month. At the end of the month we’ll take our food donation over to Irving Cares. We determined it would take approximately 130 pounds of non-perishable food to feed a family of four for one week. Our first month’s goal is to feed two families ~ that’s 260 pounds of food.
I like Fran’s enthusiasm and was right on board with her for a couple of reasons. One, I also believe strongly that it’s imperative to support programs in your own community…we think it’s important to give back. Two, Irving Cares mission statement is this:
Irving Cares, in partnership with the Irving community, is dedicated to providing residents with temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency. It’s not a handout. It’s a hand up.
Let’s join hands to help them help others in need.