Last spring Bedtime Bundles was asked by Linda Garcia, office manager at 6L Farm in East Naples to consider providing their 280 workers with Thanksgivings food items.
“Never in the past has any organization thought of our workers at this time of the year,” said Linda Garcia. Bedtime Bundles took that special request to heart.
The Bedtime Bundles Brigade went into high gear and initiated a Thanksgiving Food and Clothing Drive on November 23 and 24. As usual the Marco Island community heard the call and went into overdrive. In conjunction to the weekend drive, collection centers were set up in a number of community businesses,including Publix, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Winn Dixie and Iberia Bank, which filled a van full of food items.
Five-hundred and fifty whole chickens and 300 bags of Maseca (flour for Tortillas) were ordered and what ever food items were missing, Bedtime Bundles bought locally. David Dawson, manager at Winn Dixie, (aka Awesome Dawson) bent over backwards to help Bedtime Bundles. Dawson and his employees emptied store shelves to make sure each bag had the supplies promised.
When the U-Haul truck arrived to 6L Farms, 20 volunteers from Bedtime Bundles were waiting to unload and set-up the workers lunch area with tables. The workers arrived inbuses straight from the fields with a look of amazement, and left in sheer joy with food and clothing. Remember, migrants arrive in our area with literally the clothes on their backs, due to limited space when traveling, leaving them in a constant state of need. “As they thanked us, we thanked them for all of their hard work. Our tables are full of fresh vegetables this holiday because of them,” said Karen Saeks, Founder of Bedtime Bundles.
Due to this year’s success, Bedtime Bundles is planning on holding an annual Thanksgiving and Easter food and clothing drives. Hunger never takes a holiday, and neither do the Bedtime Bundles volunteers.