New Southtowne members were the recipients of a District $500 grant for a local service project. But, because of the coronavirus, things changed rapidly! What started out with our six new members embarking on a project to assemble and deliver food boxes to 35 families during Spring Break (the week of March 23rd). The project mushroomed into a more urgent need overnight. Children weren’t in school so they weren’t getting those meals. We couldn’t wait until “Spring Break.”

So what do Rotarians do in that circumstance? We rally the troops!

Rotarians from our club pitched in and assembled 56 boxes – and not just of food, but paper products and supplies. (Everyone even got toilet paper!) Our new members were involved at every step – although they had help from the club with the packing and delivery. Food was assembled, organized, packed into boxes and bags for each family. Roxana Moreno-Humphreys, a new Latina member, revamped the contents list for the boxes going to the many Hispanic families. Another new member, Kathy Hatch, compiled the list of families, and another one, Jessie Lopez, printed out names, addresses, phone numbers, and directions for each family. The entire project was completed Friday the 20th.

To keep everyone safe, we instilled a protocol to call the family ahead of time, place the delivery on the front porch, knock on the door, and back away to at least six feet. We wore protective gear and used hand sanitizer between deliveries.

Thank you, District 5110, for this grant. Our new members are engaged – revved up, actually. #wearerotary #people of action