An enthusiastic group of volunteers arrived at the Second Harvest warehouse in Watsonville at 7:30 a.m. on October 12th for the Annual Barrel Wrap. In all, there were 38 District 7 Rotary Club members and 37 high school Interact Club members. All seven Rotary Clubs and all Interact Clubs were represented.
Although it was a damp and chilly morning, the volunteers soon warmed up as they hauled, stripped and re-wrapped 750 food donation barrels. “I’ve never been so proud of young adults as I was on Saturday,” said Doug Deaver, President of the Capitola Aptos Rotary Club.
The Barrel Wrap is part of the preparation for the Holiday Food Drive and is a long-standing tradition that brings adults and youth together to help their neighbors. The barrels will be used to collect non-perishable food donations at businesses, organizations and schools throughout Santa Cruz County. “If we all do a little something for this effort,” said Willy Elliott-McCrea, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County, “we can help ensure local families will not go hungry this winter.”
The Interact Club is a service organization comprised of high school students and sponsored by Rotary International. The members plan community activities and raise money for service projects. They give back to Santa Cruz by working at events, engaging other students, and promoting “Service Before Self,” a core value of Rotary.
To find out how you can get involved in the Holiday Food Drive, visit www.thefoodbank.org.
To learn more about Rotary or find a local meeting, visit www.rotary.org.