One of the beautiful aspects of the holiday season is how charitable people become. Little red kettles are filled, soup kitchens have a ton of help, kids of all ages get a Christmas wish fulfilled by a stranger and food banks find their pantries fuller than at any other time of year. But for some charities, the rest of the year can be pretty lean, especially for food banks and rescue missions.
On February 10th, with assistance from our dispatcher Rich Wright, Gold Dust helped get five pallets worth of groceries to the Klamath Food Bank and our local Gospel Rescue Mission. An organization known as Southern Oregon Outreach Foundation (SOOF) supplies different food banks and outreach programs in Southern Oregon. Through a mutual contact at a Cave Junction area church where Rich was an assistant pastor, SOOF asked if there was a need for this kind of help in the Klamath Basin. Rich told him yes. As a result, on Friday, February 10th, the first load of donated groceries made it to the Basin.
What exactly is Gold Dust doing, you might ask? Currently, we’re hauling loads for SOOF from the Portland and Seattle area to Southern Oregon. Whenever there is extra, we’ll bring it over to Klamath Falls and the Klamath Food Bank and our local Gospel Rescue Mission will get the groceries to folks who need them. While Gold Dust is not donating cash, we are providing the transportation to get the food delivered. “. . . by providing the trucks, we are able to bring food here to the Basin that would normally be donated elsewhere,” says Rich. “Just doing a little to help keep supplies coming this way.”
We are proud to help the South Oregon Outreach Foundation, and we are very happy we are able to be a part of helping get donations to the Klamath Basin. Even more, we’re happy there are organizations like the SOOF that help those who may get forgotten throughout the rest of the year. Keep up the great work!