A little human kindness and generosity cools Hope for Hunger
by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on April 17th, 2017

​Special to The Glendale Star

​Sometimes, all it takes is a small mention of a need, and the community responds in a big way.

As a local non-profit, Hope for Hunger Food Bank has provided critically important emergency food assistance to those in need throughout Glendale, as well as Peoria and Phoenix, since 2011. This incredible community resource is frequently utilized by the Glendale Police Department as they encounter individuals or families in desperate need of nourishment.

Most recently, Mayor Jerry Weiers was informed of a critical need from Hope for Hunger and issued a challenge to Glendale Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Jean Higginbotham, as well as the GCOC team, to engage in their pursuit to getting a new air system before summer is here.

 “As we enter the sweltering months of summer, Hope for Hunger is currently without functional air conditioning, a circumstance that will greatly inhibit their ability to deliver a life sustaining service,” Higginbotham said.

Weiers, Sgt. Jeff Turney of the Glendale Police Department, Higginbotham of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, along with many GCOC members and members of the chamber board of directors have come together to combat this potentially disastrous reality.

Chamber President and CEO Robert Heidt put a call to action out to chamber members and board members, asking for donation assistance.

“We have two HVAC chamber members that immediately recognized the significant importance of this need and stepped up to the cause,” Higginbotham said. “Both Brad Woods with Honorable AC & Heating and John McCombs with AZ Perfect Comfort will be graciously providing the services of installing a new A/C unit at no cost for labor; also, working together to secure many of the materials needed for this installation, including a donation of the unit and crane.  However, there is still a cost of additional materials required.

“Jim Peyton has the full list of donors for this project. I’m especially grateful to the Kiwanis Club and to Maria Brunner with OneAZ Credit Union, who provided sizeable donations which allowed us to finalize our fundraising goals in a matter of weeks.

“I’m so happy to see the community pulling together to help support such a great organization that provides such critical assistance to the community who now, in turn, needs assistance for themselves. To see this project come to life and to experience the power of the chamber firsthand is humbling and I am so grateful and proud to see the chamber members of our community responding with giving hearts.”

Apple Daisy Company is providing a custom sign which will list the names of all donors.

Higginbotham said, “The sign will be displayed at Hope for Hunger as a testament to our incredible community and the work we can accomplish together.”

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