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There was so much going on in the Creation Story – so much to create, so few days – it could be confusing. I somehow grew up with the impression God created cereal in 18 ounce packages you can buy for about $3.
“And on the third day we will make corn flakes, and it will be called Kellog’s.”
Not so, it turns out. You can actually buy cereal for pennies an ounce if you purchase it in 350 pound kegs. No one in her right mind would buy cereal in such bulk unless her name was Elizabeth Potter and she was responsible for serving more than 15,000 cereal helpings a school year to hungry Ruidoso kids.
Not long after joining the Food 4Kids Backpack Program I got a kind invitation from Elizabeth to join the gang to repackage cereal from two of these monstrous cereal barrels. “We have a lot of fun,” she promised. It turned out to be as much fun as slamming your knuckles with a hammer.
“Oh, and don’t forget to stop and buy some bags.” Buy some bags? Why doesn’t Food 4Kids buy the bags! “Remember our credo,” Elizabeth scolded, “we spend not a penny on anything but food for the kids.” Goody. I got to roam the Dollar Store to find out where they hide the sandwich baggies.
This story is told with obvious intent, to point out the Ruidoso Food 4Kids Backpack Program has a lot of dedicated folks who work hard every Wednesday packing bags to provide weekend sustenance for hungry kids who largely rely on school food programs. Yes, more than 15,000 bags this school year. Yes, not one cent spent on anything but food. And, yes, our Ms. Penny Pincher pulls this off for $1.34 a bag, largely thanks to the program’s partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank.
This story is told, too, with obvious intent to beg. We are 100 per cent funded by generous individuals, organizations and businesses, and our food costs are crowding $25,000 a year, the regular school year program and a summer food distribution program being added this year.
Our single major fund raiser is a golf tournament – this, the second annual – at Rainmakers Golf Club, 4-player scramble teams, shotgun start, 1 p.m. Friday, June 19. Cost is $125 per golfer or $450 a team. You can find the registration form at our website, ruidosofood4kids.org. If it is more convenient, call me at 257 5432.
If you enjoy the game, its frustrations and camaraderie, we would invite you to spend a Friday afternoon teeing off against hunger.
The fund raiser includes a silent auction. Those who might be able to part with artwork, household items, lawn machinery, whatever, may call Elizabeth at 937 4732.
As the Food4Kids designated Official Beggar – awarded annually to the volunteer with the most pitiful looking face – I have been combing the streets looking for $250 hole sponsors. I appreciate those who have given me the time to tell our story, and will equally appreciate anyone who calls me to offer to help out.
The first George Bush lectured the nation on the need for a “thousand points of light,” corporations, businesses, organizations, individuals who would individually and collectively help the needy. I think he was talking about Ruidoso Food4Kids Backpacks, and the community whose generosity makes its work possible. I hope you will choose to be a point of light by helping the cause any way you can.
I try to be a point of light, except maybe when it is time to scoop cereal from a 350 pound keg into an 8 ounce baggie. Instead, I make a point of scheduling something more joyful, like serious dentistry.