Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive Kicks Off October 1
With the colder months just around the corner, local food banks need to be replenished. To that end, the Neighbors to Neighbors Food Drive gets underway today, October 1 thru November 1. Mabel Bogeart organizes the food drive to replenish local food reserves.
This year, marks #11 for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive which benefits the food reserves at the Lake County Senior Center, St. George’s Church, First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, and Holy Family Parish.
Bogeart said that the reason she started the food drive years ago was because she noticed that youth organizations who used to require kids to provide community service through food drives, were no longer collecting donations.
“Years ago, when everyone was losing their jobs, there was a big hit to Leadville’s food banks. Nothing was coming in and everything was going out,” explained Bogeart. So she took it upon herself, with some help from various community members over the years, to make sure that the food banks remain stocked.
Bogeart has kept the food drive alive ever since then, pretty much as a one-woman-show. But here’s how you can help: food drop-off locations are at Safeway, Saturday’s Discount, ShopKo, Kum & Go on Mtn View Drive, and Pueblo Bank and Trust. For those who wish to contribute financially, money donation jars are located at: Peoples Bank, 1st Mountain Bank, Pueblo Bank and Trust, and Saturday’s Discount. The food bank runs from October 1 thru November 1
“Remember, what you give, comes back to you,” says Bogeart. And as the holiday season approaches, so does the giving season. Give back – it feels good!
Those interested in donating directly, may also contact Mabel Bogeart directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. or 719-486-0259.
Help Arrives to Houston from Leadville
Readers may remember back on September 2 when Leadville Today reported on the efforts of two Leadville women who were moved to action after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area. Even though that seems like “so many disasters ago,” LT checked into see how their fundraising plan concluded.
Katrina Thede and Shanae Sanchez coordinated local efforts for donations with the intention to drive the items to the victims in Texas themselves in a 26’ U-Haul truck which had been donated by the truck company’s Colorado division.
“The response was incredible,” Thede told Leadville Today. “There were so many items.”
Unfortunately, what they women were not able to secure was the gas and lodging donations necessary to bring the items there personally. But not to worry, as your donations did reach the hurricane victims, just through a difference source.
“We took all the donations to Emergency Relief Services in Denver, and they take them to the areas most needed in Texas,” explained Thede. “We are pretty bummed that we could not personally deliver the donations, but are glad that they will make them there.”
Thanks to everyone who gave. It’s grass-root, community-driven events like this, that make Leadville the caring, small town that it is and will always be. All the best to all Houston neighbors in their recovery efforts! Much love to The Space City from The Cloud City!