Goodyear was hopping with good deeds Saturday, Oct. 24, as more than 150 volunteers fanned out around the city to give back to the community as part of 2020 Make a Difference Day.
Volunteers helped tend food donation drop-off sites at Goodyear Police Department, Fire Station 182 on Estrella Parkway and Fire Station 183 on Litchfield Road, filling 16 large boxes with nearly 2,500 pounds of food for St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Jerry Brown, St. Mary’s public relations director, said the Make a Difference Day donations will make a difference for those served by the food bank.
“Our traffic at the food bank is up about 25 percent over this time last year, and that is actually lower than the incredible numbers we were seeing early in this pandemic, when double and almost triple the number of families we normally see converged on the food bank,” he said.
“This is a great time of year for us to receive this food because we are gearing up for our annual Holiday Distribution where we expect 12,000 to 15,000 families to visit the food bank in just the three days leading up to Thanksgiving,” Mr. Brown said. “Each family will receive a food box with canned goods like those collected at this event — a bag of potatoes, a produce bag and a centerpiece turkey to provide all that is needed for a Thanksgiving meal.”
More volunteers gave 150 fire hydrants in the PebbleCreek neighborhood bright yellow coats of paint, while others cleaned up parks and streets around the city.
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Groups participating in the national day of service dedicated to helping others included Calcio Futbol Club, Franklin Pierce University, the Miga family, Millenium High School Key Club, States Logistics and Western Sky Middle School Builders Club.
It was the city’s 13th year participating in Make a Difference Day, held the fourth Saturday in October each year.