Last year Loop runners donated over 650 pounds of food in our second annual “Help Feed the Leatherman” food drive. We are bringing the drive back for a third year!
The Old Leatherman came to the same places on such a regular schedule that people “could set their clocks by his arrival.” In each community he passed, the Leatherman had identified a home or two where he knew friendly people would provide food whenever he appeared. Some residents would set plates of food out for him when he was expected, and the Leatherman would come by and clean the plate. We are asking our runners to “put the plate of food out” for the Leatherman.
We will be collecting food for the Community Center Of Northern Westchester. The food pantry at The Center needs our help. People come the center every day in need of help. The Center’s mission is to improve the well-being of our neighbors. That is what many people years ago did for the Leatherman.
The Center is in need of
• Canned fruit and vegetables
• Tuna and canned meat
• Cans of soup, beef stew and chili
• Pasta, rice and spaghetti sauce
• Peanut butter and jelly
• Fruit juice
• Hot and cold cereal
• Baby food and diapers and other non-perishables.
We will have a designated location set up near bib pick-up to collect food donations on the day of the Loop. This is not a requirement. Please help if you can. Thanks to David Ceisler for spearheading this effort and getting the donations to the Community Center after the Loop.
To help you remember the donations: Put the cans or other items in your running shoes the night before (or on the drivers seat of your car!).
The Leatherman depended on the charity and kindness of strangers and neighbors. Let us extend the wonderful goodness and spirit of our loop, as we gather food for our neighbors. THANKS!