“A Simple Gesture” has collected over 60,000 pounds of food since June 2015!!

Even though Saturday was April Fool’s Day, the Cool, Green Bag Brigade delivered over 11,000 pounds of food to the Cornerstone’s Reston Pantry and LINK’s Pantry in Herndon.

Over the life of the program we have provided 62,798 pounds. That’s more than 31 tons! Not bad for a project that started in June 2015 with just 20 donors and now has a donor base of over 600.

It’s because of people like you that we can do this. If you have a few hours to help, you can volunteer too. We need people to drive, sort food, sign up more donors and help with administrative tasks on a periodic basis. If you are interested, just drop me an email at Bob@CoolGreenBag.org.

Some of the bags this time went to the St. Anne’s Episcopal Church pantry, who has joined us as a partner by signing up 90 new donors last month. We are also experimenting with supplying the new South Lakes High School food pantry. Roberta Gosling took the initiative to help students who need food over the weekends and this is an effort to see if A Simple Gesture can help them.

On Saturday, there were 38 drivers and 17 pantry volunteer workers. Special thanks go to Mary Beth DiVincenzo and Sue Granlund for preparing 500 new cool, green bags for distribution and to Gail Greenberg, Judy Bleiweis and Debby Greenberg who signed up 24 new donors at Congregation Beth Emeth on Sunday. We offer a big thank you to all of them.

Just to let you know, I am a finalist for “The Best of Reston” for my work with A Simple Gesture. We will find out on Thursday night if I win. Keep your fingers crossed.

A Simple Gesture can expand further when you let your friends and neighbors know about us. By having more donors within the same neighborhood, our drivers can be more efficient. Those who are interested can visit our website at www.CoolGreenBag.org and automatically sign-up. When they do, we will deliver a cool, green bag directly to their house.

Your generosity is truly appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Bob Schnapp