Helping Hands: Donors
Sometimes when you hear about a generous couple, it gives you goose bumps. That is the case with the Buckley's involvement with Second Harvest Community Food Bank.
You could say they are "hometown kids" who didn't wander too far. Barb and Craig Buckley grew up in Northwest Missouri in the 50's and 60's; Barb attending Cathedral School, Central High School and later Missouri Western State University, while Craig called a farm in Hemple, Missouri "home." He attended school in Gower.
Married now for over 25 years, Barb has worked 37 years at Heartland Regional Medical Center, the majority of that time as a Medical Technologist. She currently serves on the Heartland Clinic Informatics Team as an education specialist. Craig began his career as an electrician, and is currently a Senior Service Technician at Altec in the Customer Service Department. He has been employed by Altec for 26 years.
The Buckley's are faithful in their service-minded careers and faithful in their giving to the needy. "It just feels natural to share our abundance. Not everyone can contribute money. Not everyone can contribute time. We feel that everyone should contribute what they can," says Barb.
For fun you can find this couple in Kansas City once a month, enjoying each other's company; shopping, going to art galleries and farmers' markets is a delight for the Buckley's. Their own green thumbs have them busy gardening, cooking and testing out new recipes.
Barb and Craig have also taken the steps to leave a legacy at Second Harvest by including the organization in their estate plans. For more information on how you can be a part of Second Harvest's legacy, please contact Rachel Graves, Development Director, at 816-364-3663, ext. 203.
Second Harvest Community Food Bank would like to extend our thanks to this amazing team-The Buckley's. They give the gift of comfort to those who suffer each and every time they donate.
Louise Untiedt beamed as she watched her six-year-old grandson Cale Sterling hand over $142 to a Second Harvest Community Food Bank representative. “As long as it helps a child,” Cale said. Untiedt explained the money came from a lemonade stand that Cale conducted with his three-year-old brother Carson and his cousins Morgan (8) and Quinn (5) Pettlon. Untiedt said the kids sold the lemonade during a garage sale at her home in St. Joseph. “They almost made more money that I did,” Untiedt said.
The value of giving does not grown without someone planting a seed. Untiedt suggested her grandchildren donate the money raised from their lemonade stand go to a local charity. She told the four kids about several charity groups in the area, but they were particularly drawn to Second Harvest Community Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program. Untiedt knew about the program because she taught at Robidoux Middle School where it was implemented.
It costs $140 to sponsor a Backpack Buddy for a year. The kids raised $102, so Untiedt wrote a $40 check so they could fully sponsor a child. Cale, Carson, Morgan and Quinn toured Second Harvest Community Food Bank when they presented their money. Untiedt felt it was important for her grandkids to see where their money was going. “We liked seeing how things work,” Cale said.
If you are interested in setting up a tour of Second Harvest Community Food Bank or conducting a food or fund drive, please contact Stacy Neibling Fisher at 816-364-3663, ext. 208.