Crossing The Streams To Fight Hunger

UPDATE:

Thanksgiving has come and gone. And so I thought it would be nice to let everyone know how we did with this drive! I am proud to report that the Hunger Task Force ended up receiving more than 1,300 bags of mini marshmallows for their turkey dinner bins!

As you recall, our goal was 800 bags for the 800 dinner bins. You helped blow right past that with your contributions! The beauty of it is that those extra bags can be put towards the Christmas bins they’re looking to, next.

It started out as a fun little challenge to see how we could have fun trying to get people to donate marshmallows, while using social media. And so I posted to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr as well as this post, and with only a moderate number of reminders over a nearly four-week span, watched as the word spread. People began retweeting, reblogging, and sharing the story on their Facebook pages. And the results hit me in a way I didn’t expect. I started receiving deliveries at my work from local friends and followers, but then I also began receiving packages via UPS, FedEx and the USPS from people I had never met out of state! And monetary donations from people to go towards our efforts!

Minnesota. Ohio. Illinois. Indiana. Kansas. Anonymous. They started coming in, and the bins started filling up.

People from one of my former jobs took it upon themselves to form their own collection drive, and then donated all of their bags to the drive. We had 3 dozen bags dropped off by a person who lost her job months ago, yet felt compelled the donate. This was one of the gestures that hit me the hardest. Partially, because I too was out of work for months last year – so I can sympathize, and know how rationing all expenditures becomes so important. But she still contributed, because she knew that despite her situation, there were others who were in a tougher spot and could be helped by her. Sidenote: I learned within the last couple of weeks that she landed back on her feet with a new job … karma’s a boomerang, no?

Wanted to share the results with all of you. Thank you for those who contributed through any/all of the ways above. It’s easy to justify not helping. It takes effort not to.

On behalf of everyone who had one of their most memorable meals this week, thank you.

ORIGINAL POST:

Each year, the Hunger Task Force puts together 800 Thanksgiving dinner bins that they deliver to families in need over the holidays. The bin includes a turkey, veggies, fruits, pies, and all the fixings for a proper Thanksgiving meal.

The last couple of years have been difficult for most of us. I found myself out of work for the vast majority of 2009. Yet, that was nothing compared to what so many families have gone through and are currently struggling with. I’m in a position to give back and to help families who need assistance. And I’m hoping that if you’re reading this, you are in a similar position to do the same.

And thankfully, because I’ve seen Ghostbusters, I know just how to do it!

The Hunger Task Force needs 800 bags of mini marshmallows for the sweet potato casserole portion of the Thanksgiving dinner. This seems like a lot. Because, well, it is. But the Ghostbusters had a similarly difficult challenge when they had to stand up against the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. “Don’t cross the streams.” Egon always warned them this. He said doing so would be bad. Really bad. Yet at the end of the movie, they had to take their chances with crossing the streams, as it was the only way to defeat the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Now, we must “cross the streams” to help fight hunger this holiday season. Only this time, we will use the marshmallows to do so!

Between now and November 18th, 2010 I will be collecting bags of mini marshmallows with the goal of collecting 800 bags to contribute to the 800 Thanksgiving dinner bins! There are numerous ways you can help cross the streams. You can reblog this message. You can retweet this message. You can post this message on Facebook. And most importantly, you can cross the streams by donating a bag(s) of mini marshmallows!

So how do you donate?

If you live in or around the Milwaukee area, you can

  • of course, drop them off at the Hunger Task Force Monday – Friday between 8:30am and 5pm. They are located at 201 S Hawley Ct in Milwaukee (think Miller Park area). Please be sure to tell the individual at the dock that these are for the Thanksgiving Bins program so that they don’t get lost into the general donation bins and will be included in the count.
  • drop them off at my place of employment, Roll Mobile (thank you, Roll Mobile and Ascedia!). Roll Mobile and Ascedia are hosting a donation box, so Monday – Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm you can visit 161 S 1st St in Milwaukee (across the street from Alterra Foundry), and once in the elevator, dial the Roll Mobile main line to be buzzed up to the 2nd floor where you can leave your mini marshmallows with me or another Roll Mobile or Ascedia worker!
  • email me about scheduling a drop off time at a time/location in MKE that is more conducive to you if you can’t make it to the HTF or to Roll Mobile!

If you don’t live in the Milwaukee area but would like to help, then you can send them to my attention at Roll Mobile!

The Hunger Task Force will be stopping by Roll Mobile on November 18th to collect the marshmallows, so please have all donations sent by then. I’m excited to help them out this year, and hope you’ll do the same – after all, how often do you get to donate marshmallows, of all things?! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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