Dear CanDo Members and Napa Valley Friends,
There's so much for which to be thankful. Across the nation, many of us recently gathered with friends and family to share a bountiful Thanksgiving meal, giving thanks - each in our own way - for those things we hold dear.
If only that abundance were a part of every home in the Napa Valley. But it isn't so. The stress of today's uncertain economy means that far too many of our neighbors spent this Thanksgiving waiting in long lines to obtain their only meal of the day. Hunger never takes a holiday.
Even before we chose our name, the initial group of CanDo volunteers designed what we call our 10-10-10 Drive. Over the past three holiday seasons, 10-10-10 has raised nearly $30,000 and collected dozens of barrels of food for the Napa Valley Food Bank.
In 2011 Food Bank resources have been truly stretched. Not only is the Bank providing more people with nutritious food, but rather than acting as an emergency resource, many recipients, especially seniors, must rely on regular Food Bank assistance.
This year CanDo's 10-10-10 Drive runs December 1 through December 18. The success of this campaign is its simplicity. Here's all you need to do:
1. Write a check for $10 (or any amount) payable to the Napa Food Bank. It's tax deductible. Send your donation to:
Napa Valley CanDo, P.O. Box 855, Napa, CA 94559
2. Donate 10 items of non-perishable food at one of our drop-off locations. Click here for a complete list.
3. Copy and Paste this information into an email and send to (at least) 10 friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers.
Sending this email to others is vital to the drive's success. CanDo is all about community. Last year 2/3 of 10-10-10 contributors were members of the community outside of CanDo. Adding a brief, personal note encouraging others to join the drive really makes a difference.
We're such a generous group of people. None of our Napa Valley neighbors should go hungry. Let's show the CanDo Spirit this holiday season.
With great appreciation for all you do,
Sue Dee Shenk, Sam Fromowitz, Ed Fields,
Nancy Fireman, Sue Kesler and Hilary Zunin