Sort. Box. Pass. Toss. Weigh. Store.
On Saturday, December 11th, ten Cash4Books employees worked with the Oregon Food Bank sorting boxed, canned, and other food items into categories for distribution. Team members served as sorters, tapers, and washers. Some even worked on the conveyor, back line, scale and putting cases away. Together, with other volunteers, our team helped to pack 10,481 pounds of salvaged goods. This amounted to 8,062 meals for people in need, or an individual contribution of 268 meals on the table this week.
Although a ton of fun, the experience was much more physical than our team bargained for. Everyone was very tired after working with cans and boxes for two hours. Good thing there were bagels and juice after!
The Oregon Food Bank distributes food to agencies that feed people who are hungry throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. According to the OFB “In Oregon and Clark County Washington, an estimated 240,000 people eat from an emergency food box in an average month.“ They also work to address the root causes of hunger through public policy advocacy and education programs. For more information about the Oregon Food Bank, please see their website.
Having trouble shopping for that family member or friend who has everything? Are you looking for a stand-out gift this year? Or maybe you are hoping to give back while gift giving this Christmas? Each holiday season, my parents donate to a charity of my choice on my behalf. Every year, it is my favorite present. Here are a few of my fellow Cash4Books employees’ favorite charities, and some great suggestions for ways to give gifts that keep on giving:
American Red Cross
Susan G Komen
Cancer Research Institute
St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Ronald McDonald House
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Wildlife Conservation Society
National Arbor Day Foundation
Disabled American Veterans
Books For Soldiers
Adopt A Platoon
A Million Thanks
Room to Read
For ideas on giving internationally check out: Global Giving
Take thousands of discounted books, a great staff of volunteers, hundreds of bargain-minded shoppers; add in three days of beautiful weather and one great charity and what do you get? That’s the recipe for a very successful McKenzie Books Charity Sidewalk Sale!
Last week, McKenzie Books sold nearly 2,700 books priced at 50¢ and $1.00 to raise a total of $1,652.57 for our favorite charity, DonorsChoose.org. We’ve already sent the money we collected to help fund eleven new classroom projects for teachers who requested books and supplies. You can see more about the projects we helped by clicking here.
Putting together an event like this took a lot of effort. In addition to their regular work, McKenzie Books employees volunteered an additional 23 hours of their time before and after hours to the sale. They did everything from making sure our signs were ready, to cleaning up after the sale, and boxing nearly 1,000 unsold books to go to their new home at the Beaverton Friends of the Library Book Corner.
Our staff had the privilege of meeting so many of our regular and new customers face-to-face. We hope all of you had as much fun as we did!
As we head back to work after a weekend where we celebrated our country’s independence, it’s great a time to remember the freedom and opportunity that reading gives us. Thanks for helping share that freedom with a new generation of students by becoming “citizen philanthropists” at our Charity Sidewalk Sale.