Weather doesn’t put a stop to need in the community, especially in an area where food insecurity exists for so many people. That means we may need to step up more sometimes, especially when the weather is awful.
The weather reports were bleak. Downpours and thunderstorms all day. They postponed and eventually cancelled the Heart Walk. Our Divisional Rally was cancelled. Oh, and it wasn’t looking good for the Arts and Autos show either. But food pantries can’t just shut down. The Mobile Food Pantry in the Denton First Baptist Church parking lot meets there, rain or shine, fulfilling needs for hundreds of families in our community.
Quite a few members had signed up to go, but turnout was less exciting. The rain deterred many volunteers. It does usually take place in a parking lot after all. In the end only two of us from Key Club were there. But enough other clubs came out too. I was pleasantly surprised by a large amount of eager volunteers from so many other community organizations too.
With the help of all these volunteers, the pantry prepared to adjust to the weather. The food line turned into a food drive-through. That’s some creative thinking! We lined up all the tables and supplies in front of the church under a massive awning, and people needing food pulled up in their cars–they didn’t even have to get out! Then, volunteers brought food straight to their windows.
Though the weather didn’t turn out so great, AnnAnn and I had a pretty good time passing fresh produce from crate to car. Three hours later, we were still dry, the rain was over, and we had passed out so many pounds of bell peppers, I couldn’t stand to look at them. Service truly is an activity that can be done rain or shine.
What’s a service project that you enjoy doing in any weather?