Tampa Company Gives Charities an Angel for a Day
It's another day in Trenton as the Food Pantry rushes to load supplies into boxes. They're gearing up for the holidays, trying to make ends meet and fill empty shelves in increasingly difficult times.
“What we need is more food to be given to us," says volunteer Vicki Mitchell. "Everybody’s pantries are empty right now.”
The need for food in Gilchrist County has, in fact, gone up. By about 600%. Trenton's Food Pantry is trying to keep up, and today they had an angel in their midst.
That angel is Rick Clark, provided by the Tampa-based construction company AD Morgan.
"I like it," he says. "I met a lot of new people and it feels good to give back. It's been real helpful."
They send employees out to their hometowns to volunteer when there's no work at the company and they're paid for their volunteering, just as they would be at their normal job. So, Clark has been visiting nursing homes, parks and now he's serving the hungry of Trenton.
He says "it's a good program. I hope other companies can see what we're doing, and this way, I don't get laid off. I get paid to work, through my company. Plus we can give back to the communities."
Vicki Mitchell agrees.
"When your heart's in it, and your soul's in it, it makes what you're doing...the people you give it to see that and you can get a smile out of them."
Clark will be with the Trenton Food Pantry through the holidays, and his next stop is the Tri County Nursing Home. After that, he says he goes wherever somebody needs an angel.
If you'd like to have an angel help out at your non profit or charity, you can contact Operation Carpe Diem at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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