Snellville City Councilman Dave Emanuel just sent us the following report. An amazing night of people in the community coming together to help.
Late this morning, Laura Drake of the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Op asked for help. Many of the shelves at the Co-Op were bare and that meant some of the people who depend on the Co-Op would have to go hungry. Some of Snellville’s great volunteers posted on Facebook, others made phone calls and others bought groceries. Some Snellville folks being who they are, did all that and more.
Tricia Rawlins (proving once again how deserving she is of being named Snellville’s Volunteer of the Year) let it be known that she would be on the Town Green to make it easy for people to drop off donations. She wound up collecting a truckload of food and monetary donations.
This evening, STAT, the GECC and Heart of Gwinnett hosted a Business After Hours event at Summit Chase and asked attendees to bring a donation for the Co-Op with them. That resulted in another truck-load of food for the Co-Op.
As if that weren’t enough, STAT Executive Director Kelly McAloon invited me to tell the crowd about the Co-Op’s urgent need. And when we announced we would be taking monetary donations, people opened their hearts and their wallets. Doug Adams, president of the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce announced that the Chamber would match kick in $200 in matching funds and when Tom Vooris of choicestoyou.com won the 50-50 drawing, he donated his winnings. All told we collected $889 for the Co-Op.
Laura Drake was literally moved to tears by the generosity of everyone involved.
Once again our community has shown why “Everybody is Proud to Be Somebody in Snellville.” And we’re all proud that we’re helping Give Hunger the Boot.