We launched our Bags for Biscuits fundraiser on October 2nd. We put the word out there that we'd be collecting food donations (preferably grain free) for the Bethlehem Shelter dogs. Anyone who donated food, wet or dry, would receive a complimentary bag of biscuits. In addition, we were selling jumbo bags of biscuits in festive fall containers for $10. This fundraiser ran through October 18th...the day of our Bodacious Yard & Bake Sale. People stopped by with a few donations of food and other goodies for the sweet Bethlehem pups during our event.
Our original plan was to make the trip to Bethlehem November 1st however, Judy, the ACO, had to attend an out-of-state family function. We marked our calendars for November 8th. Meanwhile, the food and goodies were being stored in our Bodacious Biscuit room. There was a basket of goodies, a couple of boxes, bags of food, plastic bags filled with cans of food, etc. Although organized, we had no idea just how much we had. Then, a couple of days before our trip, another food donation rolled in.
We always take photos of donations collected before we distribute. Lisa does a phenomenal job creating the displays for me to photograph. Yesterday, she had the task of clearing the biscuit room of dry dog food, canned dog food, treats, toys, collars and leashes...every morsel that had been donated and purchased since October 2nd. While she was creating the display, I was in my office plugging away at some work stuff. About twenty minutes later, she told me to grab the camera. The display was complete.
After walking into the kitchen and laying eyes on everything we'd be delivering to Bethlehem, you could say I had a moment.
"Holy shit! Are you kidding me? This is (f-bomb) awesome! Look at all of it! Holy shit. Wow!"
I'm always amazed at the results of our fundraisers. However, this time around, I was shocked. I attribute a portion of the shock-and-awe to not knowing exactly how much we had stored in the biscuit room. It had been over a month. The remainder of my shock came from being amazed. Our Bodacious community produced all of THIS.
I stood there raving about how proud I was of our Bodacious community and how awesome it was that we'd be delivering all of it to the Bethlehem Shelter dogs. The teamwork involved to make this happen was extraordinary. Our Bodacious community had done it once again. I was bursting at the seams with pride and excitement.
After taking a few photos, I sent one to Judy and wrote, "Look what's coming tomorrow!!" I was that excited.
We left around 9 a.m. and our sweet Sophie accompanied us. Shortly after arriving, our car was unloaded by one of the volunteers. Before everything was unloaded, we snapped a few photos of Judy and Sophie.
And, we let Judy take a photo of us. This photo made me giggle. Notice Sophie's expression? She hates the camera and always gives us THAT LOOK when her photo is taken.
It was an awesome day all the way around. This is one of the many reasons why we love doing what we do. Days. Like. This. We are so grateful and proud of our Bodacious community for donating, spreading the word and making today possible.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!