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Saturday, November 26, 2011

POST 518 - DAY 312 / 55: OUTER B ANKS, NORTH CAROLINA

A glimpse at a small piece of the SALVO, OUTER BANKS, NORTH CAROLINA Food Bank. Not only is food given free to all, but all sorts of necessities are available free of charge.

Pictured above are several left-over Disaster Clean-up Buckets. Each bucket includes tools and cleaners to attack just about any clean-up project. Certain items in the buckets are in great demand, with much of the rest discarded. So, the Director, Pastor Steve, opens the buckets and sorts the items into bins. That way, visitors can take only the item(s) they want/need.

I spent a good number of hours opening the buckets this morning...there are many hundred to be distributed to "after-disaster" needy folks.

Jeffery, the volunteer Carpenter, was busy all day building cabinets and shelving to replace that which was damaged in the recent flood. I spent another goodly number of hours painting the wall trim boards and shelving.

Another volunteer, David, was busy building a new fence around the back yard, replacing the one destroyed in the flood. I help David for a bit at his task.

All told, I reported for work at 8:30 this morning. Except for 15 minutes out for a Turkey Sandwich, I was busy until 4:30 pm...and then only because it became dark.

During the day, at least 15 vehicles - many with trailers - delivered all manner of items for re-distribution. Numerous shopping bags of groceries were deposited. Complete living room sets were dropped off. A baby crib, small appliances, hanging pictures, kitchen items such as complete china settings with cutlery, were brought in.

A place had to be found to put it all away. I got the job to squeeze a yard full of donated items into a 10 x 10 foot shed...already over half full of prior donations.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the public is invited to inspect and take away any items they may need...including food of every description. There never is any charge.

On Sunday, tomorrow, at 12:00 noon, the public is invited to an open-table buffet., the food being supplied by local Super Markets.

Being the newbie, I know little of what really goes on. From that "little", I am impressed by the continuous stream of donations. I have yet to witness the "picking-up" of items by the public.

I drove the four miles back to HAPPY CLAM as it turned quite dark. I was again grimy and tired. Headed right for the shower, followed by a bite to eat.

A day of good honest work. I look forward to reporting again at 8:30 in the morning to do my bit.

1 comment:

Aimee @ Just Kidding Around Atlanta said...

What a wonderful place you have found to spend the winter! That food bank must be such a blessing to many. I am glad you are enjoying helping them out!

Aimee