Gleaning gives a ‘Sweet Thank You’ to Lynchburg shoppers

You have probably seen Gleaning For The World’s 53-foot tractor trailer parked in front of Sam’s Club on Wards Road in Lynchburg during hurricane, tornado, or wildfire seasons when the nonprofit organization is collecting disaster relief supplies for victims of natural disasters.

During these collections, Gleaning For The World’s staff and volunteers invite shoppers to purchase nonperishable foods, hygiene items, and even pet supplies while they are in the store – to donate when they exit the building.

This week, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (January 20 through 22) from 10am to 6pm each day, Gleaning For The World’s truck will once again be parked in their regular spot in front of the giant retailer, however, this time things will look a little different.

Instead of asking for any kind of donations, Gleaning representatives will be giving away sweet treats to Sam’s Club shoppers at the store’s exit door as their way of saying “Thank you” to the community that has supported them so generously over the last 22 years.

“We appreciate each person who donates to this ministry. It is the financial donors and product donors that keep this ministry going strong. Giving away chocolates and other goodies this week is just Gleaning’s way of showing our gratitude to our neighbors who repeatedly fill our truck with critically-needed supplies during times of natural disaster, and to those who support us year-round. We are not asking for any donations this week. We’ll simply be out there saying “Thank you,” Gleaning For The World’s president Jeane Smiley-Mason explained.


For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Teresa Davis, Gleaning’s Communications Director, at 434-229-6828

In service and partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

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