This month, I was once again saved by the kindness of neighbors. Being my first year doing budgets at my job, I have worked nights and weekends for months to get them done on time. Last week at work, after finally taking a break from my deadline, I started thinking about the neighborhood and how much I missed my slightly neglected CYCA duties. That was sort of a joke, but I did have a nagging feeling that I was forgetting something important.
I thought to myself, I’m hungry. What do I want to pick up to eat? Am I really hungry or just a little hungry? Do I want to have a hot meal delivered to my house, or do I want to just pick up something light? Deliver something. Pick up something. Drop off something important. Pick up food. Deliver something door to door. Pick up non-perishable food. @#*$%!!!! I had completely forgotten about properly preparing for the CY Annual Food Drive.
Panic set in quickly as I furiously typed out a desperate Facebook plea for volunteers to take a last-minute flyer delivery route over the upcoming weekend. Earlier in the week, I had a passing thought of getting the flyers out a week before the food drive, hoping to keep the event fresh in people’s minds. What I had forgotten was that after the time change, it was getting too dark too early to deliver after work. I needed volunteers, and I needed them fast, which is exactly what I got. I was immediately inundated with responses in the affirmative, and the flyers made it out on schedule, relatively speaking.
I like to be there for my neighbors, but it sure is nice when they are there for me! And I’m not taking about my close neighbors in proximity that can’t say no to me, I’m taking about total strangers on other blocks that answered my call to action for a great local cause. It was truly an amazing experience. And don’t forget our officers and firefighters during the holidays this year! We are going to need your help giving them delicious goodies on Christmas Eve, too. See you there!
— June Hurt