by John Aldrich
Yesterday we began the process of packing the Rainbow Food Boxes for the spring food runs. This will continue next Saturday as well ( - - - hint) and will have us ready with most of what we need to begin the spring food runs later this month.
It was a beautiful March day which allowed us to step outside to have an opening circle and Navajo prayer. C.J. Robb had done his usual outstanding job of seeing that everything we needed for the day was in place - - - the food was there, the boxes were made, and other extraneous things cleared out of the warehouse.
Packing the boxes can be a challenge because everything must fit so that the box lid will close flat for final taping. There was a genial air of competitiveness among some of the teams to see who could create the most perfect packing job.
Tony and Kathie were quite certain that they had come up with a winner.
I spoke a little later with Fernando who was responsible for organizing this group. Fernando is associated with a school known as the Wizard Language School that specializes in English as a second language. People come from all over the world to learn English through an immersion program that can last for 2 or 3 years. Some then return home while others remain here and pursue higher education or careers.
The group that Fernando brought was delightfully diverse and mostly in family groups. They were positioned around the periphery of the warehouse and handed out the needed amount of food items for each box as it went by. Thus the volunteers managing the carts got to meet these international visitors with each circling of the warehouse.
The most striking group was a Muslim family.