When you walk into our food shelf you automatically notice a few things: the photographs of our gardens, a giant framed puzzle of fresh produce that a volunteer made, a shelf of free books for kids, the smell of coffee brewing in the kitchen.
Behind the check-in desk is a cabinet. It looks like it would be full of boring things: paper, ink cartridges, pens. Instead it’s filled with toys. Loads and loads of toys. We partner with an organization called Cheerful Givers that sends us birthday bags full of toys for our client’s children. When a parent tells us that their child is having a birthday, they get to take home a birthday bag to give to their son or daughter. It allows the parent to still be the one giving the gift, and it puts a smile on a kids face.
Thursday night we are celebrating our partnership with Cheerful Givers with a big party. We have local chefs coming to do food demonstrations, global inspired restaurants serving up their fare (Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, etc) and craft beers on tap. This fundraiser is going to allow us to fill our shelves with more produce, and more birthday bags from Cheerful Givers.
Want to join us? Check out the ZEST! website for tickets. We’re also giving away a “wall of wine” from Byerly’s Wine Cellar. Too bad staff can’t enter…