February – the Month of Hearts and Flowers

picture of heart candies with special messagesValentine’s Day is just about here.  Many of us love to give flowers or candy hearts with all those funny and cute messages that say, “Be Mine,” “Cool Cat,” or “Purrrfect.” And I adore the new ones that combine the technology of today with sayings like, “Tweet Me,” “U R QT” (you are cute), and “Text Me.”

During the month of hearts and flowers we have two ideas for you to help the Food Bank.

The first idea involves the heart.  Every year, Scouts from the Great Southwest Council and the Yucca Council host their annual Scouting for Food Drive.  Scouts go out during the first Saturday in February and distribute bags to homes across the metro area asking homeowners to consider donating non-perishable food to local hunger relief organizations.  Then, the second Saturday in February, Scouts go back to those same homes to pick up food donations for hunger relief organizations just like Roadrunner Food Bank.

These gracious volunteers, both children and adults alike, take precious time and energy to collect food for hungry people all across our state during the Scouting for Food Drive.  Their passion to serve their community truly comes from the heart.  If a scout visits your home and asks for a donation of food or funds, we thank you for considering a gift.  And we thank each scout for taking this project on. On behalf of the clients we serve across the state, thank you scouts for allowing us to receive and steward this precious gift of hope for hungry New Mexicans.

a dozen rosesWell, we have taken care of the heart, but what about the flowers!?  We didn’t forget.  We know it is a tradition not just for Valentine’s Day, but other occasions too.  And this year we are trying something new, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

We have partnered with @Pay and Galore Flowers to turn your Valentine’s Day flower purchase into funds and meals for hungry people across the state.  When you use @Pay’s online service to buy flowers, Galore Flowers will donate $8 to the Food Bank for orders placed through Feb. 13.

So, if you are looking to buy flowers for your valentine, consider purchasing  through this link for all your flower needs this Valentine’s Day.  Your valentine will enjoy the lovely smell of flowers and know your purchase through this portal generates 40 meals for hungry families across the state.

Happy Early Valentine’s Day every one!

Sonya Warwick is the Communications Officer for Roadrunner Food Bank.



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