2018 Imagine Enough for Everyone: Make It Personal! MLK Day of Service Event

The dangerous windchills lowered attendance for a second year in a row, but approximately 90 hardy people braved the weather and gave generously to the Urbandale Food Pantry. The final totals from the day were: 311 personal care items, 137 (mostly handmade) warm items, 431 food items, and $1,000 in monetary donations. In addition, the Library donated 139 dishes and 130 books.

Over these 10 years we have collected well over 13,000 items for the Urbandale Food Pantry, despite rain, snow, ice, windchills, and otherwise miserable winter weather (and a few nice days!).

Thanks to the knitters who knitted on site—few in number but great in talent and production—who still created a little community of creators. Thanks also to Sheila and Mary who once again created scarves and blankets out of fleece fabric (and Lois who helped!).

Thank you to the volunteers who braved the weather to help make this event a success. Matt, Andrea, Carol, Dorothy, Rebecca, Katie, Mary, Kathy, Diane, Connie, Fred, and Jordan & Grade A Gardens—we couldn’t make the event work without you!

Thanks to the Channel 5 News for coming to cover the event and including footage on the 6:00 news!

And as always, a big thank you to the Urbandale Public Library, especially Laura and Lynnae, for opening their meeting rooms for our event, helping with logistics as needed, donating items, sponsoring the Food for Fines program, and providing welcome hospitality. We love the Urbandale Public Library!

This is the last year I will be organizing this event. It may continue in some form under another name next year—I hope so! But after 10 years, I am ready to reclaim the preparation and organizing time and to think about honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. in a new way.

In January 2009, the director of the new (at the time) Urbandale Food Pantry, Eileen, didn’t hesitate to say yes to the amorphous, new event I was organizing, and encouraged what I had in mind. The Library was on board from the start, offering their meeting room that first year, and creating the Food for Fines program which could only boost our numbers. My husband was also on board, helping at this event each year instead of enjoying his day off. And the Urbandale/Des Moines metro community always rocked the donations despite the January weather!

Thank you all! ~ Jane