Brent Brown - Greensburg Daily News
GREENSBURG -- The Greensburg Community Bread of Life received an early Christmas present Monday morning thanks to the good deeds of the staff at CCI Thermal Technologies.
With Christmas only a little more than a week away, Bread of Life Director Melissa Foist joyfully accepted a $3,002 donation alongside a bevy of food and supplies.
The sizable surprise gift will help the Bread of Life continue its mission of providing quality meals to needy individuals and families during the holidays.
That need was at the forefront of the thoughts of the numerous CCI associates and administrators who helped purchase the food on hand over the course of the last four months. The group also donated money out of their own pockets in support of the facility’s winter fundraiser.
“It’s about taking care of our neighbors,” CCI receptionist and human resources director Julie Hershauer told the Daily News. “Caring begins at home.”
A crew of employees helped Foist load large cans of beans and tomatoes, bags of flour and sugar, and numerous other boxed and canned goods into a van, destined for the dinner plate of someone in need this holiday season.
Hershauer said her company matched the employees’ monetary donations two to one. In all, 277 pounds of food were given to the Bread of Life as well, which was supplemented by a $1 donation per pound from the corporation.
The donation couldn’t have come at a better time, either, as Foist said finances for the local non-profit are far lower than expected.
She added that volunteers are also a much-needed commodity. Those willing to peel a few potatoes or chop an onion or two are more than welcome at the Bread of Life.
Volunteers can dedicate as little as an hour or two of their time, showing up as early as 8 a.m. if they choose.
“There are more and more people that need a free, hot meal,” the Bread of Life director said. “It takes more volunteers to provide those meals.”
The Greensburg Community Bread of Life is located at 700 East Randall Street. The nonprofit organization can be reached by phone at 812-663-1055.