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Home Depot helps struggling families

Home Depot staffers from Sacramento unload boxes of food stuffs they donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank Thursday morning – one of 11 recipients of their "giving back" effort. Each food...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED April 9, 2010 2:36 a.m.
Home Depot set out to make a difference in the downed economy with donations of food and toiletries to food banks from Manteca to Sacramento, Placerville and all throughout the Central Valley.  

The plan got its birth from a Sacramento store manager thinking outside the box suggesting that employees donate a fixed amount in their pay checks to help homeless families in need of their support.

Manager Cre Heath along with other store managers and district manager Jason Storrs trucked their donations into the Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca’s Industrial Park Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

Manteca, as well as other food bank sites, all received 800 pounds of food and 1,100 personal plastic toiletry bags for distribution to area homeless.

Storrs told the Second Harvest staffers, “This is a time when all the food banks are stretched to their capacity.  We really owe it to the community and to organizations like yours.”

The toiletry bags were filled with the basic essential needs with a single bar of soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, and lotions along with a wash cloth and other items that most individuals take for granted, Storrs added.

“A lot of the people who come to food banks could easily have been our Home Depot customers just a year ago,” he said.  “People who come here don’t take it for granted,” he said of the availability of the boxes of food they donated.

A Second Harvest Food Bank employee was quick to use a fork lift to unload the Home Depot truck as store managers worked as a team to unload other vehicles and carried boxes into the food bank warehouse.
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