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20190327 The Grove Food Bank Donation 1By Carol Austing
Activities Director
The Grove Park, San Juan

For a number of years, a sweet lady was in residence here in our park, The Grove Park in San Juan. She had a passion for feeding, always bringing hot, fresh, home-baked bread to every Happy Hour. She also made it her mission to beg, plead, and cajole our residents every Saturday morning to give, and give again for the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank. She shook her money jar and paraded up and down between tables until she was satisfied she had squeezed the group dry and then did it again the next week. She was tireless.

Loretta Pfeifer passed away a few years ago, and instead of just a check, I let the family know that I would be remembering their mother with a donation to the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank in her honor. The idea appealed to the family, and when I, as the Social Club Director here in The Grove, let her daughter, Ann Nyberg, know that we would continue to try to raise money to donate in Loretta's name through our meetings, she offered to match whatever we raised, and she set a cap of $500.00. So, now we had a goal. We have managed to meet and even exceed the promised matches, and in 2018, the Social Club decided to take the concept one step further. We turned our annual Soup Supper for park residents into a Free Will donation for the Loretta Pfeifer Memorial fundraiser to the Food Bank. It was such a success that we followed that up again this year. We turned our moneys from our recent efforts over to the Food Bank last week - and they were so grateful for our generosity. At our Saturday meetings, we collected $239.00. The Soup Supper netted $415.00. Our total of $654.00 was matched (even exceeded) with a total of $870.00. . . $670.00 from Loretta's daughter Ann, and a surprise check from one of Loretta's sons in the amount of $200.00.

We were told that the amounts we donated will provide nearly 7000 healthy meals.

(Editor’s note: This is what I love about Winter Texans. You do so much to share and care for others. I know the Food Bank and food pantries and so many other organizations greatly appreciate your generosity and your caring spirit. This is just one of the many ways you help make the Rio Grande Valley such a special place. Thank you!)

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