By Melody Marrs, Goodwill Industries – Suncoast, Inc.
Leadership Tampa Class of 2005
I was one of the lucky ones! Lucky because I was with 25 fellow LTA classmates and members who joined together on Thursday, November 20 at Feeding America Tampa Bay to help stock the shelves and pack food bags for the hungry living in our community. What a difference 25 extra pairs of hands made for 5,000 hungry families! Together we unfolded bags, stocked them with potatoes, stuffing and canned goods and then folded and packed the food bags into huge containers to be delivered to the Salvation Army in Tampa for distribution the next day.
Feeding America Tampa Bay said that we were lifesavers as they had a shortage of volunteers and staff that day to pack the bags! But really, isn’t it true that Feeding America Tampa Bay and other nonprofits who serve people in need in our community are the true lifesavers? They are the ones to be thanked! I am proud to say that we had nine class years represented on Volunteer Day – from 1989, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and yes, even a current 2015 class member came to volunteer. It was easy to see that 2014 was strongly represented and many of them shared the memory of their own Community Outreach Day during their LT 2014 class year. These experiences truly bring home just how much one person can help another.
So, to those who volunteered last week with us, thank you so much. And for those of you who volunteer often and for a variety of causes, thank you for giving your time and resources to help make a difference in someone’s life.
I wish each and every one of you a blessed holiday season and I am confident that our fellow LTA classmates will be out working in the community helping others this holiday season. Happy Holidays all!