arizona highlights – part 3

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Who could turn down an opportunity for a private tour of Midwest Food Bank? You can be sure we didn’t!

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If you check the link, you’ll see there are many locations. Gilbert, AZ, is their newest. In fact, they were just getting organized when we toured this remarkable facility.

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I didn’t ask, but it looks like these tables are set up for assembly. But my interest was drawn to the painted mural.

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We were led into a large empty, yet-to-be-carpeted space to watch a 13-minute video about the work.

Here, I found it online.

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Our guide, Lauren Leverette, serves as executive director of the Gilbert branch. She is one of only three paid staff; all others — and I repeat there are many — who give their time and resources to keep this ministry going.

Ah, you’re wondering why this matters to us!

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Drum roll . . .

Babies of Juarez (a.k.a. Blessing for Life) has a shiny new 501(c)(3) all its own! Up until recently its tax-exempt status has been supported under The Shepherd’s Way in Colorado. And now, through the generosity of a supporter, BoJ is an Arizona ministry — here is the connection — and the only requirement to join in the benefits Midwest Food Bank offers.

Put the two together and think of the possibilities when Costco or Walmart or RiteAid . . . want to unload expired diapers and/or formula! Quinn will be first in line to help distribute them to people in need.

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