St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance could not provide hundreds of thousands of meals across Arizona each day without the more than 93,000 volunteers who donated more than 370,000 hours of their time annually to help the hungry of Arizona.
Today we salute Jane Rau, a volunteer who has been helping the St. Mary’s facility in Surprise by sharing her time for the last 24 years.
Jan celebrated her 90th birthday on July 24 and her friends at St. Mary’s could let the day pass without a little … wait for it … SURPRISE Party! Surrounded by admirers and friends from her church group, Desert Hills Presbyterian from Carefree, a very special morning break was planned with lots of fun, laughter and sharing a birthday cake in honor of this very accomplished and caring woman.
Desert Hills was the very first group to step up to volunteer for Westside Food Bank when it was first founded. And though she leads a very full and busy life, Jane comes to the Food Bank one a month to help with food sorting, as she has since 1988. When asked what contributes to her longevity, health and positive attitude on life, Jane says to “keep active” (she rides her bike four miles a day and loves to hike.)
Thank you Jane, for all you do for the Food Bank, and for sharing your smile and compassion with us all. A very happy 90th birthday and here’s to many more!