Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Primrose Path

Seth and Mary 
Our Foster City parish had been donating two boxes of food each year to the CALL Primrose Easter "Adopt-a-box" program, and the kids, emboldened by success, decided to spend Friday night assembling 3-5 boxes of food for the Holiday drive.

They and their parents got into the spirit of the activity and filled eight boxes, which we took up to Burlingame on Tuesday morning.

The small office on Primrose Avenue hummed with activity as recipients filed out with brimming shopping bags. We set the Holiday boxes down in a corner and watched the volunteers process requests. The Second Harvest Food Bank provides more than half of the food that CALL Primrose distributes. (Degrees-of-separation moment: Executive Director Mary Watt and I discovered that each of us had worked with the SHFB CEO.)

The local economy is recovering, but there are too many people left behind. We can't improve their circumstances, but through CALL Primrose maybe we can brighten their holiday. © 2012 Stephen Yuen

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