LOVING GARLAND GREEN DELIVERY TO GOOD SAMARITAN’S OF GARLAND.
This morning Loving Garland Green donated fifty pounds of produce and canned goods to the Good Samaritans of Garland. If we all share, even a little, we can ease the pain of hunger. Our Garland Community Garden has the somewhat un-chic messy look of a mid-fall garden in North Texas as the leaves are beginning to fall but it is still producing. Our produce today included 8 one-quart bags of kale; 3 one-quart bags of green beans; 6 one-quart bags of various peppers; 3 one-quart bags of okra; 1 one-quart bag of carrots; 2 one-quart bags of basil; 1 one-gallon bag of spinach and chard.
Easing the pain of hunger for the homeless by donating even a little food on a weekly basis is helpful if you can afford it. But there are other things we can do to ease the pain of the homeless. One thing that just occurred to me today is that non-profit groups can make an effort to be more inclusive by specifically inviting the homeless to their events. We often forget that the homeless are as much a part of our community as home owners and those who can still afford to support their landlord’s investments. For the homeless, the pain of being shunned and shut out by the community is no doubt almost as painful as hunger.
Thinking about what I could do as an individual and as the current president of Loving Garland Green, I decided that at least for the moment I could thank Pam and her team of volunteers for what they do and let them know what we care about them and their clients as well.
So, I wrote a note to them to thank them for the picnic table and for their contributions to our community.
I also left a reminder for them of our next Garland Community Garden event which is coming up this Sunday, October 24. 1PM to 3PM. I added “homeless are welcome”. [Like Hamlet, I debated the merits with myself--going back and forth on whether to add this note. On the one hand the argument could be made that the note calls attend to the homeless being treated as a separate group from our community and the fact that they are so often excluded from everything community but charity and on the other hand, this is actually true so they might just assume they are not welcome.] I’ve decided that at least for the time being it is best to be clear and make the extra effort to communicate the homeless are welcome.
COME ONE COME ALL TO THE GARLAND COMMUNITY GARDEN
OCTOBER 24 FROM 1-3PM
Sweet Potato Harvest