Neighbors DO Help Neighbors in Leadville Today
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No matter how you say it, the 2018 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive was a smashing success, collecting twice as much food as last year. It’s a #goodnews report for the four local food banks that will benefit from the annual roundup of cans and cash to help neighbors who need assistance getting through the winter months.
Organizer Mabel Bogeart reported to Leadville Today (LT) that this year she saw an increase in organizational donations, especially from residents in the southern part of the county.
“The Friends of Twin Lakes had a donation box at their regular meetings and collected quite a bit of food and wrote a check,” said Bogeart, who has pretty much operated as a one-woman-show since she started the Neighbors to Neighbors Food Drive in 2006. It was clear that the food donations had doubled as LT walked through the “staging area” where Bogeart thoughtfully sorts the food into piles of four for the following local banks: the Leadville Senior Center, St. George Church, First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, and Holy Family Catholic Parish.
“I want to make sure that each place gets the right amount of things,” she says, stepping over the tower of tomato sauce cans. “Look, someone even donated baby formula this year.”
Adding to the good news of food donations is a cash collection of $946.64, a slight dip from last year’s $1,100 dollar bench mark. However, if you’re so inspired to make to up the difference, contact Mabel Bogeart at firstname.lastname@example.org. or 719-486-0259. She’s running the kind of grassroots, community based operation that can truly be counted on to truly “put the money where the mouths are!” Keep up the good works, Mabel.