St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank our friends (and close neighbors) at RDO Equipment Company for their recent donation to those in need in Arizona.
RDO’s Sales Manager John Cheney and Parts Support Specialist Mike Carr saw St. Mary’s President and CEO Beverly Damore on Channel 12’s morning news talking about the need for bottled water during this time of soaring temperatures in the Valley. Already a previous donor to the Food Bank – they host an employee turkey drive during the holidays — RDO decided to make an additional donation to help.
Two days after hearing about our needs, RDO presenting the food bank with not only 64 cases of bottled water but enough funds to allow St. Mary’s to distribute the equivalent of 2,100 meals into the community and Send Childhood Hunger Packing this summer.
To John, Mike and everyone at RDO, a big thanks to our neighbors for helping neighbors all over Arizona.
Forget what it says on the calendar. Just look at the thermometer and you know that summer has arrived in Arizona.
Water is a very precious commodity in our state and even more so to those who don’t have access to water – the homeless and those who have had to do without utilities in their homes.
Eagle Scout Troop 694 member and Willow Canyon High School student Tanner Jensen recognized a need in the community and dedicated his scout project to collecting as much water as he could for the homeless and others in his neighborhood. Tanner asked for donations from family, friends, fellow church members and local Food Bank friends like Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, Fry’s, Safeway, and Albertsons, they all made significant donations to the cause.
On May 23, Tanner arrived at the St. Mary’s Food Bank warehouse in Surprise location with his donation. Nearly 300 cases of bottled water – more than 7,000 bottles in all. This is a fabulous donation and will give St. Mary’s a great head start on our goal of making sure that those in need in our community stay hydrated during this long hot summer.
Thank you, Tanner. And thank you to Tanner’s family, friends, members of his congregation and all the local businesses that supported this impressive effort!