Sherwood Village Food Drive in support of the Inn of the Good Shepherd
My colleague and I decided that we wanted to do something for our community and after some discussion we decided on a food drive in our neighbourhood. Shana and I both live and work in Sherwood Village so it was obvious that we would concentrate on that area. We sent out a flyer to everyone in Sherwood and on October 1st we went out to collect.
We had several high school students helping us which was great because the response was overwhelming! Together we collected over 2300 pounds of food for the Inn of the Good Shepherd. WOW!!
What I was not expecting was the great feeling of accomplishment that I would have when we delivered the food to the Inn. We had never expected to collect quite so much food and I think that the Inn was somewhat surprised too!
Of course, like every first event there is a lot to learn and improve on. We have already decided to make this an annual community event but of course we will make a few changes. One of the things that we learned was that you can not fit 2300 pounds of food in a mini van and an SUV!! Next year we will need to have a few more vehicles and perhaps a large trailer. We also decided that we need to get more students to help, we were all exhausted by the end of the day after knocking on more than 1600 doors in Sherwood.
We were lucky enough to get some media exposure for our event: www.theobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx
If you live in Sherwood you can find out about other community events including our annual Community Garage Sale and our Annual Community Food Drive on our Facebook_Page!