Friend-in-Deed volunteers give out more than 200 packages of food
On Wednesday, Friend-in-Deed volunteers cheerfully gave more than 200 free parcels of holiday food to locals in the Springfield region.
The Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois, 300 S. 15th St., offered drive-through pickup for packages containing fruit, vegetables, pasta, and other items.
"There's so much need out here, so we want to help folks as much as we can," said Ken Anderson, a volunteer with Friend-in-Deed for more than 30 years. "This is one of my favorite projects." "I adore volunteering, and we are helping so many people. That is why I return yearly to assist."
Volunteers from Friend-in-Deed and Boys and Girls Club personnel helped with the endeavor as car queues stretched for over two blocks. It was this month's second drive-through distribution. The first occurred at Eastview Baptist Church on December 9.
Volunteers assisted in loading up cars with goods, and residents were appreciative, according to Boys and Girls Club employee Joseph Davenport.
It means a lot to him to see people participate in giving back to the community, and when I see the results in the form of smiles on their faces, it's worth it, he said. Everyone is not financially well off, therefore helping those in need is important. It is not about receiving money; rather, it is about giving what you can.
Jim Schaefer, president of Friend-in-Deed, acknowledged that it took some getting used to the distribution because the organization had to switch from its usual format to a drive-through one as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Many people find drive-up service to be convenient, but we are missing the needs of those who are housebound or lack access to transportation. Next year, perhaps, things will return to normal."
With a combined 75 volunteers, trips were also made to Springfield's senior citizen high-rises to distribute hot meals.
According to Schaefer, the charity looks forward to helping more individuals the following year because the parcels and hot meals were only made possible with the aid of monetary donations.
"This is only possible because of the benevolence of the donations to Friend-in-Deed, and we would like to keep going since we can always do larger and better. Since all of the volunteers at Friend-in-Deed are unpaid and our organization depends on donations for funding, we want to continue helping as many people as we can."
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