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"Green Thumbs and Big Hearts!" by Lila Johnson

For seven consecutive years and in keeping with the spirit of Giving Thanks, Garden Club members attending Tuesday’s meeting brought contributions of non-perishable food items for the Mill Creek Community Food Bank.
Our Crew of Three: Jeff Jacobson, Duane Huckell, and Mike Somers await more donations for the food bank. Photo Courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity & Garden Tour Chair.

Mill Creek Garden Club – November 12, 2019 Meeting Update

For seven consecutive years and in keeping with the spirit of Giving Thanks, Garden Club members attending Tuesday’s meeting brought contributions of non-perishable food items for the Mill Creek Community Food Bank. If you’re thinking a can or two per member, guess again; there were bags and bags containing food and paper products. 

Three gentlemanly volunteers unloaded car trunks and lifted the heavy bags into waiting SUV’s. After the last Mill Creek Garden Club member was seated in the meeting, the Crew of Three drove to the nearby Mill Creek Community Food Bank at 148th Street SE, Mill Creek, where they unloaded the donations into waiting shopping carts. The bountiful news is Garden Club members contributed 600 pounds of non-perishable food items!  

Our local food bank is operated by Hope Creek Charitable Foundation which was founded by the Gold Creek Community Church. All the administrative fees of the food bank are paid by Gold Creek and private donors. Cash donations are used to purchase perishables such as milk, eggs, protein, and produce. If you wish to drop by a contribution, families are especially in need of peanut butter, jelly, breakfast cereal and pancake mix.

So how do we know Garden Club members donated 600 pounds? If you go, there’s a large scale that allows the volunteer staff to weigh an entire shopping cart at a time; no Jeff didn’t put his thumb on the scale! The food bank serves our neighbors in need on Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and Saturdays by appointment only.

Mill Creek Garden Club was honored to support the Hope Creek Community Care Garden with a matching grant which allowed for a sprinkler system to be installed so vegetable beds don’t require volunteers to hand water them during the summer months. Prior to that, another Grant from MCGC allowed Hope Creek to expand their community garden. Much of the produce from this garden is given to families through the food bank. 

Gardeners with kind hearts also include spouses; a special round of applause to our helpers Jeff Jacobson, Duane Huckell and Mike Somers. Great helpers all, plus 600 pounds of giving and a ton of caring hearts in action.  It is a season of Giving Thanks indeed.

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