Food Drive for the Poor Creates
Rare Cupboard-Clearing Opportunity
DELLING, Ind. (DPI) - When two members of the Sacred Heart Methodist
Church came to Frank Grogan's door, he had no idea opportunity was
knocking. In the process of collecting food for the poor, the
volunteers gave Frank a chance to clear his cupboards of years' worth of
canned goods that had no chance of being opened in the Grogan household.
"It was like someone cleaning my house for free," said Grogan. "I
unloaded some canned beets from '94, cream of cabbage soup, lima
beans. They took it all, even the artichoke hearts in clam sauce.
Apparently the poor will eat anything."
Each year, parishioners of Sacred Heart collect for the local food bank to
help families who are down on their luck. They accept all non-perishable
donations, but even they are reaching their limits. "I've just about taken
my last can of no-name-brand pickled okra," said volunteer Sandy Adams.
"It's bad enough that people are poor and hungry, but this is just insult
to injury. I don't care how destitute you get, you shouldn't have to eat
Spaghetti-O's with the little hot dog slices that someone has kept since
Reagan's first term."
But for Grogan, the volunteer effort is a windfall. "I was even able to
unload all our 'mystery cans' we've had for years," he said. The Grogans
had several cans without labels ever since their daughter's second-grade
class collected Campbell's soup labels to redeem for sports equipment for
the school. "She went a little overboard with the label-collecting, and we
ended up with a bunch of unmarked cans. I got tired of opening up zucchini
squash when I thought I had chicken noodle. But we're proud of her," said
Grogan. "She's a junior in high school now."
Grogan just kept giving. "It felt really good to know that I was
helping my fellow man," he said. "The volunteers told me I would be
blessed for my generosity, although I can't imagine God blessing me for
giving away strained-yam pie filling. What the hell was I thinking when I
Even now that Grogan's cupboards have been cleared, he plans to
continue his altruistic ways. "If I can just find some poor people
who need my broken lawnmower, burnt-out Curtis Mathes TV, and several
strings of non-working Christmas lights, I'll be all set."
(Reported by Buddy Fisher)