October 5 – B.J. Leonard of First Christian Church has been overseeing the phone bank for the WSOY Community Food Drive for eight years.
“Every year, FCC is glad to be involved in this,” said Leonard. “It’s made possible because we have great volunteers, people who are willing to get up early and be there at 5:30 in order to get the phones ready.
“There’s a lot of prep that goes into it and a lot of tear-down afterwards. But it’s all worth it and we’re glad to be able to get involved.”
Operators at First Christian were accepting phone donations all throughout the Food Drive, and were prepared to answer calls as late as needed.
“Depending on how close the school race is, people are throwing in those last-second pledges,” he said.
So just how busy was the phone bank on Friday?
“I made 200 copies of pledge sheets and we’ve already run out of those,” he said shortly after 4 p.m. “So I can tell you that we’ve had a little more than $35,000 come in just through the phones today.”
Leonard views the Food Drive as an event that brings together all walks of life.
“The Food Drive is a great opportunity for people from all over the community to come together and join a common cause,” he said. “It cuts across denominational lines, it cuts across political lines, it cuts across even socio-economic lines.
“It really is a leveling opportunity for everyone to come together and do something great for our community. Over a million pounds of food is mind-boggling.”