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    We've posted a few news items this week and last about canned-food drives. Anyone offering this in their community? How did you get it set up? What are the advantages/disadvantages?
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    Default Re: Canned-Food Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by acampbell View Post
    We've posted a few news items this week and last about canned-food drives. Anyone offering this in their community? How did you get it set up? What are the advantages/disadvantages?
    We had a canned food drive from Thanksgiving to Christmas last year. If you brought in 2 canned food items, you got $5 off your rent. I only had a handful of tenants take part, I e-mailed those I had e-mail addresses for, I told everyone who brought in a payment, and told everyone who I called for late payments. I had on marquee---Canned Food Drive--Save $$$ I even brought in a case of canned food to "help" a few tenants that were having a hard time coming up w/full amt of rent & took $5 off their rent.

    At the end, I only received 14 cans more than the cans I purchased myself, and
    this was a facility of a little over 250 units....which means 7 tenants brought in 2 cans...and 2 of those were move-ins during the drive.

    I would have thought people would like saving $5 & helping the local food pantry...
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    Default Re: Canned-Food Drives

    Oh Pat that is disappoining but I LOVE the idea!! You should try it again. You can send a press release to your local paper and usually they will print it. Even folks who aren't going to store could come by and drop off. At least you would get exposure that way. You should try it again!!

    As for me, we are going the Toys for Tots route this year.....This is the first time I have done it so I am very excited!!!
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    Pat we had a canned food drive at our old facility in Orlando last year. It worked great and we got tons of food, literally...over 4000 pounds. The secret was that we didn't try and do it ourselves. We teamed up with one of the UCF sororities, and basically we provided a 10x10 storage unit, and the use of the free truck to take the canned goods we collected to the food bank when it was time to turn them in.

    We did have a message on our LED sign, and posters up on our walls, and did notify all of our tenants...but the sorority girls did a lot more, and we ended up with hundreds of people throughout the course of the month stopping by to drop off food, most of them not current tenants, but hopefully future customers.

    Anyway, if you can find a young energetic group to partner with, you may have a lot better success.

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    Thanks, MCG, & Lisa...will definitely try to partner w/a local church youth group & see if we can get better results this year! Many people said they would bring food in & never did...I was wondering if I should have started collecting earlier than November??? People seem to be sooo busy between T'giving & Christmas.
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    Default Re: Canned-Food Drives

    We did one last year and got not 1 single can.

    Also did Toys for Tots, but they never picked up the box, so I still have it and will add to it this year. I also had no valid contact info, so I wasn't able to get it to them.

    This year, if they don't pick it up, I will be sure to have a contact so I can call them and find out where to take it to them.

    The first year we did it, they picked it up as scheduled.
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    From many years of experience let me share this with you all. IF you are going to help with the Toys For Tots, REALLY help and step it up. The Marine compounds are always busy with inspections, training people for deployment and sadly, Toys For Tots is low on the priority list.

    Get the contact info, but don't be surprised if your calls are not returned promptly. The best thing to do is to learn where they are warehousing or staging the toy sorting. This is where you can step it up and get all toys collected to the Marines. The warehouse will most likely be open every day until about Dec. 20th.

    The Toys For Tots is run through the Marine Corps Reserve Foundation and surprisingly many Marines that come through the bases aren't even aware of the program. It's not part of basic training.

    Any way you can help with logistics, transporting donations or even coordinating with other toy collection points to get what you collect to them would be a Godsend to the Marines.

    Remember also, NEW and unwrapped toys and focus on collecting for infants birth to 18 months and the children that are in the 12-16 age groups. These are the ones that are commonly overlooked.

    Back to canned food drives, our Realtors Association does a drive each year and we provide a unit for a month for the collection. It's smooth as silk. They collect, the truck shows up to collect the donations and it's done.

    Whatever you do at your store, know that each program has its strengths and weaknesses but somewhere out there a fellow human being is benefiting from your kindness & efforts.
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    I think charity drives are an excellent way to boost community perception. We participate in the Toys for Tots program since we have a son in the Marines. The first year was okay, but we hope this year the response will be better because of better planning. I'd thought of asking the owner if I could offer some kind of discount for participants, but haven't quite gotten there yet...

 

 

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