Originally posted on The Vacaville Reporter: The spring is often thought to be a time of renewal and a time for “spring cleaning”, but it’s also a season where we can unintentionally add more clutter to our lives.
Many celebrations occur in springtime: Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings and birthdays. These are important occasions that give us a chance to celebrate those who are important to us. With celebrations often come unwanted gifts; sometimes even with a plea for no gifts.
For many of us who have reached the age where our children are moving away, we are trying to get rid of all the extra things we have collected over the decades. We want to do something that celebrates our relationship with those who are important to us, not acquire more things.
Many supporters of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano celebrate their important events by asking friends to bring nonperishable packaged food to their celebrations in lieu of gifts.
Everyone benefits from this act of kindness. The guests don’t have to stress over selecting “just the right” gift, the recipient doesn’t have to add unwanted clutter to their life and best of all, the gift of nutrition is given to the people who really need it. This is a true gift that won’t be thrown out with guilt after sitting in a closet for years.
Another way supporters of the Food Bank incorporate giving into their celebrations is by setting up a personalized online donation page on our website (www.foodbankccs.org/funddrive).
In less than 10 clicks of a computer mouse, they are able to create a unique donation page and receive a personalized URL which they share on their invitations and announcements. This makes it really easy for friends and family to make a donation, even if they don’t live locally and even if they are not able to attend the celebration.
There is no better time to create a fundraising page than right now because with the $40 for 40 matching campaign, friends and family members can double their donation dollars.
In honor of our 40th anniversary, donations made through this special fundraising event will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Friends of the Fortieth Fund, providing 160 meals (instead of 80 meals) for every $40 they give (www.foodbankccs.org/40for40).
With the financial donations, we are able to purchase healthy food for the people we serve including low-sodium, reduced-sugar, and high-protein options. With our industry buying power, we can buy these items at a much lower cost compared to retail pricing.
Financial donations also give us the flexibility of buying what we need, when we need it.
For people who live comfortably and want to reduce clutter in their life, hosting a food drive or virtual fundraiser, in lieu of receiving gifts, is a good solution.
Everyone benefits when those who have too much, think of those who don’t have enough.