When I decided to donate my time to Community Plates, I asked my husband to do a run with me (okay, I admit, I informed him that we were going to do a run together because I felt it important that he become involved. Besides, you do things for the one you love because it’s important to them and he also knows I have no issues with him going off fishing various weekends of the year). Because he works a lot of hours, he has limited time so we picked a Saturday morning run to Whole Foods in Darien.
According to the instructions we were given, we called ahead and picked up the donations where the staff had left them for us. Although I had told my husband how amazing my run with Kevin to Trader Joes was earlier in the week, I knew he was thinking we were making a run for one solitary loaf of bread. I knew we weren’t, but sometimes the ‘proof is in the pudding’ and I knew he had to see it for himself.
Luckily, there were large plastic bags (size of garbage bags) filled with packages of various types of bread (hot dog rolls, artisan breads, flat breads) and some baked goods we would drop off at the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. I don’t know what was more priceless – the donation from Whole Foods or seeing the enthusiasm in my husband how this stop could make such a difference to a large group of people. It was like watching a light switch go off and sometimes all the talk in the world can’t flip a switch, but doing the run did.
Our total time at Whole Foods was probably 15 minutes. Our total time bringing in the donations at Open Door Shelter was probably 5 minutes. I didn’t time it, but believe we spent more time at the gas station after our run filling up the car.
Here are my thoughts – ask someone to come with you to do one run. Tell them you’re only asking for them to do one run and watch their expression melt from: “I’m doing this because he/she is my friend/sibling or significant other” to “Wow, look at all this food that will help others and knowing they helped make a difference.”