Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Feeding the Hungry Update - May 13, 2020

Feeding the Hungry Update

Wow!  Thanks!  Those are two words that sum up Harriet and my feelings quite well.  As many of you know, we are not good at fund raising.  Our thoughts are always, “yes, a few will give a little”, and then we can move on and get over it.

Well, we put out the word that our annual fashion show was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Virus, and the real losers would be the people that we normally help who are the poorest of the poor in our community. 

The church that we attend donates some basic food items to some of these people weekly, but we feel that every family is different and has different needs.  Young families with babies may need diapers, and/or special food.  Others may need medicine from time to time.  Others may have young kids in school that need items for lunches.  This is why we feel that the food vouchers are very important to the poor families that we help. 

Our Feeding the Hungry program has been, and will continue to be, an ongoing program.  We don’t expect to help all the families become self sufficient financially.  We will always have a few families that need help with enough finances to buy food and other necessities.  Between donations, and the fashion show that we put on each year, we hope to have enough money to buy the food vouchers through the entire year.

Since about the 1st of April the government has really clamped down on individual and group activities and the businesses that are not considered to be critical.  The beaches are closed, out-of-doors individual activities are curtailed, and some of the small towns have closed to everyone except the local area people and those people generally need to have a reason to gain entry to the town.

Many people are out of work because the government has closed so many businesses.  Restaurants, hotels, time shares, rental units, schools, massage centers, sports clubs, and all construction work!  Many families now have no income since they cannot work so there is no money coming in to feed the families. 

In late March a group of individuals started another food help program, the Los Barriles Food Bank. The food bank was started here in the community when various folks saw the obvious need for food when sources of income for the local Mexicans dried up.  The Los Barriles Food Bank is doing a very needed help during this time of people not being able to work.  The food bank is supplying food to as many as 1000 families per week.  We hope that the government will let these people go back to work soon so they can once again provide for their own needs. 

We are truly amazed how many people helped us financially with the Feeding the Hungry Program.  These people have been so generous that we have been able help some additional families that are not receiving food from the food bank.  This is where the “Wow”, and “Thank you” come in!!  To all our supporters, again we say “Wow”, and “Thank you”!  We have been very fortunate to have Chuy Castro involved with the Feeding the Hungry Program from the start.  He has been helping the food bank with deliveries as well and knows the needs of the people intimately.

Who would have thought that the COVID-19 Virus would come and turn the whole world up side down!  For now, we are glad that we can help a few very needy families.  If you would like to continue helping, our PayPal site is available with no fees attached at PayPal.Me/BHPurkey .

To all our many contributors, again we say “Wow”, and “Thank you”!

Ben and Harriet Purkey

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