UPS ‘Packs the Truck’ for Fellowship Cup
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
Frigid temperatures didn’t stop the community food drive Dec. 7 at Hy-Vee in Mt. Pleasant and Hy-Vee on Agency in Burlington.
“I haven’t been able to be inside for more than three minutes before this,” Matt Brown, from Hot 97.3, one of the event sponsors, said as he put on his gloves and started back outside. “I’m going to savor every minute of it.”
Temperatures barely reached the double-digits and Brown, along with others who wanted to help make a difference this holiday season, stood outside of Hy-Vee and “packed the truck” with items donated from area residents.
Brown was reporting what was happening on location at Hy-Vee in Mt. Pleasant. United Parcel Service (UPS) and Hy-Vee were the other sponsors of the community food drive. The purpose of this food drive is to help families in need. All items and cash donations obtained during the drive were donated to The Fellowship Cup in Mt. Pleasant.
“This is the numerous year, not sure what year it is,” Brown said laughing, “for the food drive. Everything we raise here, food, non-perishables and money will go to The Fellowship Cup. Brown arrived at 7:45 in the morning and had been outside for most of the morning and early afternoon.
Brown mentioned how two years ago during the community food drive there was freezing rain and ice. “I guess this is a little better and we get free coffee, so that helps,” he said and then went back outside.
Employees from UPS in Burlington who helped with the community food drive in Mt. Pleasant were Jeff Schmitz and Dewey Lloyd who helped from 9-11 a.m.,Wes Markey and Diane Rouse who helped from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Shannon Schwerin, who helped from 1-3 p.m. Schwerin even brought along his helpers, Bristol and Phoenix Cooper, who are his grandchildren.
“I like to do this and this is my fourth time helping. I think that it’s for a good cause and it’s a good thing to do,” Schwerin said.
Logan Scholtus, a student from Iowa Wesleyan College who is completing volunteer hours with the Fellowship Cup, was helping out as well. “We have the truck parked out here and we are putting the food in there. I volunteer with the Fellowship Cup for a program at IWC and when I earn enough hours, I can get tuition paid next year,” he said. He too, was bearing the frigid weather to help the community.
Overall, the event went over quite well, and people of the community supported a good cause. The money and items raised will be a perfect way to support those in need this holiday season.