At the time of this writing, the weather forecast is calling for more snow and then plunging temperatures to a high during the day of -6 degrees. This has been a difficult winter for us, especially taking into account most of our volunteers are retired and beginning to get up there in age. While we all like to think we are facing extreme weather, my sister in Regina, Saskatchewan Province, Canada always has a better story. They have had wind chills of -54 degrees. I usually respond with, “Yes, but that is in Celsius.” That is a bad argument, since the Fahrenheit conversion is -65 degrees. Of course, my sister-in-law in Dallas thinks anything below 50 degrees is extreme. Everything is relative to our own perspective. Since the lack of food and the potential for hunger is amongst those we serve, staying open is imperative. So far, we have managed to staff our center even on the coldest days. With that said, we are careful to keep our volunteers safe. We encourage our volunteers to stay home when they are uncertain about coming out and we are very cautious in sending out food pick-up trucks. In any case, our volunteer force has endured more than our usual and they are truly appreciated.

Our next big food drive is the Boy Scout “Scouting for Food” drive in early March. Once again, they will be delivering bags to residences to be filled and set out for pick up the following Saturday. If you are able to give, we will certainly be grateful. Stay warm and “thanks” for any help you can give us.

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