Vallarta Living | June 2009
|A Little Time and Love Can Feed a Family|
Pamela Thompson - PVNN
June 09, 2009
Puerto Vallarta - On Friday, June 5, 2009, a fairly sweltering evening, 35 volunteers arrived to the PVRPV offices to lend their hands to our Food Drive. We needed to put together nearly 700 individual packages of food to include the beans, rice, lentils, soup pasta and bullion cubes, tie up the top and stack them, all the while keeping count of each bag.
|Donations may be dropped off at PVRPV, Pino Suarez #210 at the corner of Francisco I. Madero on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. For a list of needed items, click HERE. (photos by Josef Kandoll)|
PVRPV owner Tim Longpré and his fabulous staff had moved all of the donations to the upstairs floor. There were mountains of beans, heaps of lentils, gobs of rice, mounds of soup pasta and (what seemed to be) thousands of Knorr soup cubes all in their own locations on the floor.
As people were directed to their area and given their assignments, the assembly line began. It looked like a fire brigade passing water buckets to put out flames. Starting at one end of the upstairs room, the packages were filled and handed off, one by one to the folks on the stairs who in turn, passed them off to the folks on the bottom floor twisting and tying up the tops.
Counting five packages at a time, (and shouting "FIVE!" to the counter as each passed by,) the small pile turned in to a mountain of food, from the floor upwards past the windows. Our trusty photographer stepped over legs, arms and bags of beans to get photos of this production.
The sweat poured and within the first 30 minutes, everyone was drenched. But that didn't seem to bother anyone at all. In about 37 minutes - it was done! As we gathered out in front of the office for a group photo, you could feel the great energy rising from everyone. A job well done, for a very worthy cause! The June distribution is complete and ready to go to those who are hungry. Now, it's on to the July collection and bagging!
A gigantic thanks to everyone who has participated - from the bean baggers to the bean donators. From the Knorr soup cube counters to the detailed spread sheet person (Tim!) keeping track of it all. Once again, you all know who you are - both near and far. This absolutely would not be possible without every single person who is participating. We still have a few more desperate months to get through and I know we can do it!
For more information and photos, visit the PVRPV blog. To learn how you can help, please contact Pamela Thompson of HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta at pamela(at)healthcareresourcespv.com.
Pamela Thompson is a registered nurse who has lived in Puerto Vallarta for over 17 years, 10 of them in health care. Pamela now leads HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, a local healthcare resource network. Her years of experience and expertise are available to you by emailing your questions to pamela(at)healthcareresourcespv.com or by visiting HealthCareResourcesPV.com.
Click HERE to learn more about the health and well-being services offered by HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta.