Del Monte Corporation donates to local homeless shelter –
By Patricia Beech –
When Sharon Harris, Director of the Adams County Homeless Shelter, accepted a donation of fresh fruit from the Del Monte Fresh Fruit Corporation, she thought she was getting a small shipment of bananas.
When the Del Monte truck arrived at the shelter Monday morning, Harris was in for a surprise.
“We expected a small load of 98 cases, and it turned out to be 43,000 pounds of bananas packed in 968 cases,” Harris said. “I took them all because I wanted to be sure the company knows we will always accept their donations.”
Harris says she began calling people to help distribute the fruit.
She reached out to local businesses, churches, food pantries, the Wilson’s Childrens Home, the Sheriff’s Office, C103 Radio, and local schools.
“Everybody’s on their way here to pick up bananas, thank the Lord,” she said as she organized the give-away effort from her office Monday morning.
“This is a great blessing and a great situation,” she said. “It’s given the community a reason to pull together, and it also gets our name out there and gives us an opportunity to reach out to those who have extra resources to help.”
Daylene Bentley, the assistant manager at TSC in West Union, said her store was happy to help with the effort by loaning the shelter a forklift to unload the fruit.
“It just felt like the right thing to do,” said Bentley. “It really turned into a community event and we were happy to be a part of it.”