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It's Good To Be Good! Support Gives Back Recap

It’s a time to focus on the GOOD in the world. Here at Blackbaud, we recognize your efforts every day to make a difference in your communities. So, it’s a privilege when we can step out from our cubicles and give back to people in need in our area.

A group of support folks spent Friday, March 27, 2015, volunteering at the Lowcountry Food Bank for our Q1 Day of Caring. When we arrived, we were told that one in four children in our area experience hunger. It’s a startling statistic and one volunteers like us can help change.

Our setup was pretty simple. We stood in an assembly line type setup and filled boxes with food for the Lowcountry Food Bank’s after school lunch program. A few boxes of mac and cheese, some beans, tuna.. nothing fancy – just the basics. The assembly line setup was a little tricky because if you were slower than the person before you, you held up the line. Not saying I held up the line, just saying I had FOUR boxes of Mac and Cheese to put in. That’s more time consuming than .. oh, let’s say a bag of rice. But, it’s not a race – right??

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It’s all for a good cause! Take into consideration how far your dollar goes at the Lowcountry Food Bank. A $1 dollar donation can feed SIX people. One dollar = six people!

Standing in this massive warehouse, full of food – you start to get a handle on just how important this organization is. The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the entire coast of South Carolina, not just residents of the Charleston area.

Most of the food comes from donations. Food drives, you’ve probably plopped a can or two down into a box before – but, also from area grocery stores and retailers. The big bulky donations come from places like Wal-Mart, Kroger, Harris Teeter. It’s up to the workers at the Food Bank to sort out the donations and decide which foods go in what boxes. The task itself seems overwhelming, but to see them work – amazing, they really have everything under control.

The highlight of the experience came when we had to sort through not one, not two, but like eleventy boxes of candy! Is eleventy a number? Irrelevant. Candy!! I’m assuming a movie theatre donated a bunch of the sweet stuff to the Food Bank. We had to wipe the candy down and check the expiration dates before boxing it up and sending it to some happy children.

Really, the sweet pay-off was knowing with every wipe of a jar, with every placing of a box, we were helping to feed someone whose tummies might be rumbling. A day well spent.

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Lined up and making things happen.

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At the end of the day, 340 boxes were ready to go!
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Apr 10, 2015 6:00 AM America/New_York

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