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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

RV Cooking Show Online Food Drive – Memorial Day Edition - Comment NOW

Hold your hand up if you or someone you care about has not, I repeat, has not been affected by today’s economy. Chances are you didn’t raise your hand. Neither did I. And while recent news reports tell us that our economic troubles may be waning they also tell us that more than 36.2 million Americans currently live in food insecure households. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals or even days. Most of us simply have no idea – I know I go to bed full every night. Across the country local food banks are seeing a 20%-40% increase in demand and food donations are dangerously lean - in some cases down 50+%. It’s time to do something about America’s hunger problem.

Maybe you’ve volunteered at a food bank or maybe not. Maybe you participated in the “Stamp Out Hunger” postal service food drive or maybe not. Maybe your own household is food insecure or maybe not. A lot of maybes but one thing I bet is true – you want to help if you can. The RV Cooking Show is delighted to give you a no-cost opportunity to help feed a child, a grandma or grandpa, a hungry American. Sponsored in part by our friends at Best Parks in America, our second food drive will help you help out and honor those that have made a difference in your life.

Here’s how it works:

In honor of Memorial Day, simply leave a comment on this blog recognizing someone living or passed on that has made a difference in your life. Comments will be accepted between now and Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, 2009. It can be a single word, an illustrative story or anything in between. For each comment on this RV Cooking Show blog entry – maximum 3 per person/per week – the RV Cooking Show, in partnership with Best Parks in America, will donate 1 item of non-perishable food to a local food bank in the area we are traveling through.

So, just to review, you can help fight hunger this Memorial Day by:

** Leaving a comment about someone that made a difference to your life on this blog entry between now and May 25, 2009. Bookmark this site and return often.

** Be prolific – you may comment 3 times per person/per week. Here’s a tip…each comment gets 1 food item donated so, if you’re going to comment about your mother’s empathy and kindness, rave about one way she made a difference to you per comment up to 3 per week. For example, comment 1 - “she was kind and helped me see the best in other”, comment 2 – “she could see where others needed encouragement, brightened more than one life and helped me realize everyone is doing their best to make it through life”, comment 3 – “she made me see the importance of connecting with other human beings – even through a smile in passing”. That will garner 3 food items – 1 per comment posted.

** The RV Cooking Show, in partnership with Best Parks in America, will donate 1 non-perishable food item to a local food bank for each comment received (see the above tip!!)

** Check back and comment again

I came across this poem just in time for the late spring runoff and fast flowing rivers and streams. I think it sums up this RV Cooking Show online food drive perfectly...

The Bridge Builder

An old man going a lone highway,

came at the evening cold and gray,

to a chasm vast and deep and wide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

but he turned when safe on the other side

and built a bridge to span the tide.


"
Old man", said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting your strength with
building here;
your journey will end

with the ending day. You never again

will pass this way. You’ve crossed the

chasm, deep and wide, why build a

bridge at evening tide?


"The builder lifted his old gray head
;
"Good friend in the path I have come",

he said, "there followed after me today

a youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been as naught to me,

to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim.

Good friend I am building this bridge for him!"


Will Allen Dromgoole (1860-1934), Writer

Will you help me build a bridge?? Comment below and spread the word…we’ve got some bellies to fill!!

Evanne
http://www.rvcookingshow.com/

50 comments:

RVCookingShow - Evanne said...

PS - You don't need a Google account to participate. Anonymous posts count just the same...

Evanne
www.RVCookingShow.com

High Plains Camping said...

My mother, Emily, taught me that secret to life: when you combine your knowledge & your resources, you can do anything.

High Plains Camping said...

My mother's best friend, Dona, taught me that if someone else can do it, so can I.

High Plains Camping said...

My friend's mother, Janet, taught me to always think of the other person before you react.

Anonymous said...

My mother passed away in March. I am constantly reminded of her love of nature as I enjoy the spring and miss her this Mother's Day.

Anonymous said...

My daughter reminds me to be a more patient person when she tells me how she handles incidents that try her patience in her job as a police officer.

Anonymous said...

When I'm with a special friend of mine, I'm always challenged to think more deeply. I appreciate this boost to expand my mind!

Anonymous said...

A dear friend recently has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she is courageously living each day to its fullest, appreciating the support of family and friends.

UniquelyRV said...

My friend Maureen recently walked a marathon and a half to raise $$ for breast cancer.

Anonymous said...

While I do believe in honoring people who have made a difference in out lives, Memorial Day is to honor those veterans who are no longer with us. Let's keep this holiday as it was intended. Too few people even remember our brave veterans.

Lois

nadyne33594 said...

My mother taught me manners - something people today don't seem to teach their children!

ensmitch said...

May we never forget all those who have died fighting for the freedoms we seem to take for granted!

skip said...

when I was a teenager I was heading for a lot of trouble,with the kids I was running with.A man got me to join DeMolay and I was introduced to a whole new group of friends. Bill Doris did much to keep me on or at least close to the straight and narrow.He was a big influence on my life.

Anonymous said...

Memorial day,We think about our vets. My dad was a Pearl Harbor Surviver,he was very proud of that and of the country he fought for.

Choctaw Chuck said...

My father was also a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a very giving man and taught me to be also. I know that the local food bank is getting low on supplies, so we try to help.

Michelle said...

I am a nurse, and every day, I meet patients who teach me what love really means, what life is really all about, and especially, to quit my whining, 'cause I've got it really pretty darn good!

Anonymous said...

Good deal.

Anonymous said...

Dad.

Anonymous said...

Hope lots of folks respond.

Anonymous said...

Watching shelter workers struggle to make shrinking dollars feed the ever-increasing hungry in this country makes me realize how blessed we are to have people who are willing to try this hard, and how we owe them the support they deserve.

Anonymous said...

My Dad. He was in Korea just as the war ended and he was there when I was born. My Dad was a teacher, principal, board of education employee, University professor and then a Methodist minister. My Dad was my 6th grade teacher and through out his life he never stopped teaching his kids and others. He was a wonderful man who made a difference in many peoples lives. I miss him very much!!

Anonymous said...

My Dad made a huge impact on my life. He just passed away three weeks ago and Easter will never be the same.

Anonymous said...

I think we should not only remember our fallen veterans but also the ones serving today. I have a son in the US Air Force. He has been in Korea, like his Grandfather before him and also the middle east 4 times. We need to remember our current serving military and pray for them daily. Little did we know that when he was born and we gave him the name of Chad that it actually meant DEFENDER. He lives up to his name as a member of the Elite Guard in Stratcom. Thank you Chad!

Anonymous said...

I have so many happy memories of childhood family times with my late grandmother -- a truly great cook. Her pastry was to die for.

Anonymous said...

Remembering my lovely Dad, who left this world way too early.

Anonymous said...

I would like to honour my Mum -- the best Mum in the world! Wish I could be more like her. Now in her seventies, she has such a positive outlook on life and really makes the most of every minute.

Anonymous said...

An Uncle. And this would have been something he would support.

Anonymous said...

My Grandma - when I was in college, she decided I needed to know how to chop wood, so she bought me a wedge and showed me her technique. That has been more useful than a lot of the courses I took!

Kamper Kats said...

My mother was 89 years old when she died in December. I miss her smile and sense of quiet humor.

Kamper Kats

Kamper Kats said...

My sweetheart is Jerry Dean. I am so thankful for his guidance, his companionship, and his love.

Kamper Kats

Kamper Kats said...

Our church has a food pantry. More people are on the list than ever before so I am glad that the RV Cooking Show is donating food. This is certainly a worthy cause.

Kamper Kats

Jim and Bobbie said...

I learned about strength and endurance from a friend going through chemo for breast cancer. She did it all with a smile on her face and praising God.

Anonymous said...

My husband served proudly in the Navy until he was medically discharged, he is now a disabled veteran. I would like to honor all the Disabled Veterans, they are the ones who would have liked to stay and fight, but for a reason we will understand later, God sent them to their home ports way to soon.

Anonymous said...

I would love to honor my father-in-law, he would be the first to participate in this forum. At the moment he is fighting lung cancer.
He is retired after serving 35 years in the Army, both active and reserves.

Anonymous said...

I think we should remember all our veterans this Memorial Day. Those who have died while serving our country, those who have served our country valiantly and those who are serving our country now.

Anonymous said...

My Dad, for whom there are no words to fully explain all he did for me. Best father to me and best military leader for his troops.

JimM said...

Phew, Evanne, long way to find the Post a Comment all the way at the very bottom after 36 other comments. Might suggest they post a link at the top or bottom of the blog...

Anyway, Murray "Goldie" Goldstein was my mentor from 1970 to 1982, and he showed me a greater world of business than I could have learned locally. Since then, I have done business all over the US and Europe... and he showed me, firsthand, how to organize my work to be more effective and introduced me to business dealings at substantially higher levels... Goldie was a genuine Mench...

Daniel said...

Amazing Evanne,
Thank you so much for your inspiration and incredible work. Together we can make a difference!

Anonymous said...

There have been many people with influence on my life, but I believe that Memorial Day should be kept to honor those that have served our country.
My father in law, who served in both World War II and the Korean War always had a cheerful word, a tip of Faith for everyone, a nice memory of the places he'd served, and a dislike of Mutton! He was great!

Anonymous said...

My grandson, who is a US Marine, is the first military man in our immediate family. The pride I feel for him has increased my respect for all military personnel.

Anonymous said...

My father-in-law was a true Southern gentleman. He served his country in WWII. He treated all people equally and with great respect. I'm fortunate to be married to his son who is very much like his father.

Anonymous said...

My father taught me so much. From him I acquired a desire for learning and education. Thanks to him, I had the opportunity for higher edication. He taught me organization and honesty.

Anonymous said...

Every member of the military that has given their life so we could live in freedom.

Anonymous said...

Mike

Anonymous said...

Tony

Anonymous said...

John's buddy

Anonymous said...

All who died for me and you

Anonymous said...

My friend, Charlie.

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