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"Mill Creek Garden Club’s 'Thanks for Giving' Shatters Old Record," by Lila Johnson

The Mill Creek Garden Club Board threw down the challenge to our members with a “Thanks for Giving” food drive to benefit families served by the Mill Creek Community Food Bank. The club donated 1,095 pounds of goods, besting last year’s total of 600 pounds.
A gracious Nancy Hedges helps load up the truck and gets her garage back! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity chair.

The Mill Creek Garden Club Board threw down the challenge to our members with a “Thanks for Giving” food drive to benefit families served by the Mill Creek Community Food Bank. The Food Bank is located behind the Gold Creek Church at 4326 – 148th St SE, Mill Creek.  Due to Covid, the need for donations is greater than ever.

Garden Club has done a food drive at our November meeting for six or seven years, but because we are not meeting face-to-face, we had two weeks to drop off donations and our members responded in a big way: The Club donated 1,095 pounds of goods, besting last year’s total of 600 pounds.

Following the food bank “guidelines,” members gave canned goods, personal hygiene items, laundry soap, diapers, paper products along with seasonal Thanksgiving items like stuffing mix, canned cranberries, sweet potatoes, and some members made monetary donations.

It was the coming together of many MCGC volunteers that made this a success story:  a special Thank You to Nancy Hedges who volunteered her garage as the drop-off location. The response was so over the top, she had to clear a path and carefully maneuver to get to and from her car. Sort of like “tiptoeing through a garden of canned goods.” 

Thanks to Kathy Thomas and her dependable truck for transporting the donations to the Food Bank—in a rainstorm. The volunteers who helped unload Kathy’s truck were excited to receive the short-in-supply traditional holiday foods.  

Gratitude to members Stephanie Morse and Nancy Hedges who grocery shopped with the $300+ cash donations. Shopping is so much more fun when you spend someone else’s dollar! I was told these two were real bargain shoppers!   

Ultimately, it was our generous members who cared and showed great heart. Great members, great job! Thank you for answering the challenge.  

Up next for Garden Club—a “Toys for Tots” drive! Who doesn’t love shopping for toys! And our first Virtual meeting complete with a guest speaker—more about that next time! 

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