2018 Conshystuff Food Drive - We have a grand total....
2018 Conshystuff Food Drive – Grand Total
December 10th, 2018
By Brian Coll & Jackie Coll
WOW! Just WOW! There has been an incredible amount of support for the 2018 Conshystuff Food Drive! Local businesses holding collections, offices getting together to go shop for the CNC, schools having collection bins, a FILL A BUS, a kickoff party, a flag football tournament, a fill a Paddy Wagon, a barista battle, a UPS driver dropping off box after box of orders from Amazon with items from our wishlist and you…. Picking up a few extra items while going shopping with someone that could use a little help in mind. Your kindness has brought us to tears this year.
If you missed out on this years Conshystuff Food Drive, there is always time to help out. Hunger never stops, it never takes a day off. You can drop off year round at the CNC, Coll’s Custom Framing, The Conshohocken Italian Bakery & the Conshohocken Free Library or you can visit our Amazon Wishlist here.
Every can helps and while thanking everyone individually would be impossible, we would like to thank all of the businesses that have served as collection points & their customers for graciously filling their bins –
Coldwell Banker Conshohocken * Conshohocken Italian Bakery * Conshohocken Physical Therapy * DeStolfo’s Premier Martial Arts * ‘feine * GMH Mortgage – The Hussey Team * Heaven & Earth Salon * Rouge Hair Boutique * Sal’s Barber Shop * The Hair Designer * Tone Zone Fitness Studio * The Antioch Church * Yoga Home * and our home base… Coll’s Custom Framing
*The Conshohocken VFW, not only did they collect food and make multiple drop offs they raised over $2,000 for the CNC. The Great American Pub & Flanigan’s Boathouse for their wonderful contributions. The Boyscouts helped collect and drop off hundreds of pounds. Con-Marsh Rattlers Baseball team dropped off, Conshohocken Elementary School dropped off, Brixmor dropped off, Kindercare dropped off formula, diapers and more, Jim (congrats on becoming a dad) from The Fayette Street Grille dropped off a bunch of food days after they had a baby. Brown & Brown Insurance got creative with a shopping cart in their lobby, Jacob’s Engineering, Campus ION, Keystone Properties all dropped off. 1st Student Bus Company, East Norriton Little League the CPW Rotary Club all came on days when the shelves were bare and left it in better circumstances. The great people from the Antioch Church delivered once again. Rob Della Porta and the Judge Group, Remington & Vernick Engineers, WEIS Markets, USLI, Array Architects, The Junior Women’s Club of Conshohocken, Yoga Barn, Plymouth Community Center all dropped off food this year. Saint Matthews Early Education Center held a food drive and look forward to it next year.
The Kickoff Party…
Our friend J.P. Hussey loves a good party and is the amazing host of the Food Drive Kickoff Party. The Kickoff party is a family friendly event in the driveway of the CNC. This year JP called us and said…. Hey Guys I’m thinking about a piñata… what do you think? So in addition to JP supplying the music, the hot dogs & rolls and a truckload of donations he brought a piñata and a bat and the kids LOVED IT! The Conshohocken Italian Bakery dropped off tomato pie (our favorite) and Bryn Mawr Trust stopped over with ice cream for everyone! Paul Mazzochetti, Tammy Eason, Noele Stinson and the Coldwell Banker crew show up big not only at the kick off event but through the entire Food Drive! Over 3,000 pounds of food was collected on the first day of the food drive. We were floored.
FILL A BUS…
Michelle Sague Abiuso and the amazing staff, faculty and students at Saint Philip Neri. Over 8,000 pounds of food was collected at this year’s Fill A Bus! It was a rainy Monday Morning when Michelle and the student council came to unload. It was raining. No. not raining…. It was pouring and miserable and that bus was full! We were in need of some muscle and for the third year in a row the staff from Saint Claire CPA’s came out to help the students unload the bus. It was an incredible weekend event and Michelle we can’t thank you enough.
Fill a Paddy Wagon…
The Plymouth Police Department partnered with Lowes and held an event at the Metroplex. Fill a Paddy Wagon was the name of the event and that is exactly what they did. Over 5,000 pounds of food was collected in a single day. Giant Supermarkets gave out hotdogs and hamburgers to everyone who came by and made making a donation easy with prefilled bags for $10.00.
7 on 7 Tournament…
Sal Giannone of Sal’s Barber Shop said how about we get 100 guys & girls together to play flag football at the “A” Field on the Eagles bye week for the CNC? What now? And that is exactly what he did. 10 teams / 10 guys per team / $1,000 to the winning team / $1,000 to the CNC. Not only did the guys show up to play football on a gorgeous November morning, they brought donations for the CNC & warm coats for the You are Worth it charity. It was an amazing day!
Daniela de Souza of ‘feine & Binnie Bianco of Keller Williams collaborated for the second year in a row to bring us the Barista Battle at ‘feine! Guest Baristas joined the ‘feine crew to put together some incredible drink concoctions and present the drinks to a panel of judges. This was a fun night out! Over 300 lbs of food came in that night and raffles were being sold for incredible gift baskets as well.
Have we mentioned Sandi Fryer? Sandi is the director of the CNC and runs the Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels and the Well Thrift Store. Sandi makes sure that everyone that needs a Thanksgiving dinner gets one. This year it was more than 120 complete Thanksgiving bags. Each bag included a frozen turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, corn, green beans etc. Mike Spampinato helped fill in the gap of missing turkeys for these families in need, he did great raising the funds and buying the turkeys. Dana Trego got a few of her friends together and hit the stores hard for the stuffing and mashed potatoes.
The grand total for 2018, for the CONSHYSTUFF FOOD DRIVE is