Awareness of hunger in Terre Haute has grown, and area residents are trying to do something about it, as evidenced by the response to the 2012 Orange Friday campaign around the city.
Volunteers set up tables at several area locations on Friday to sell orange ribbons and take donations as a fundraiser for Catholic Charities Food Banks.
At Terre Haute Regional Hospital, 70 of the $3 ribbons were sold in the first hour of sales.
At Baesler’s Market, many of the customers stopped at the Orange Friday table to purchase a ribbon, make a donation, or buy a cake pop after going through the checkout lines.
“One hundred percent of what you donated today goes to Catholic Charities Food Bank,” organizer Robin Heng told customer Rick Burchell as he gave a donation.
“It’s a good charity to be part of,” Burchell replied when asked why he donates. “Catholic Charities is a good organization.”
Sales of the orange ribbons were brisk at Baesler’s, where most of the employees were also sporting their support of the hunger awareness campaign.
Employee Terri Taylor made a special contribution by whipping up 44 cake pops for sale to customers. The festive treats – flavored french vanilla or triple chocolate – were decorated in orange and sold for $1.50 each, with all of the money going to Orange Friday.
“We well them in the store all the time,” Taylor said, “so I made a batch for Orange Friday.”
Orange Friday ribbons were sold at Java Haute, Vivid Hair Salon, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Terre Haute Regional Hospital, the Professional Office Building at Union Hospital, and Catholic Charities.
Several people stopped by the Catholic Charities office to purchase the ribbons, said Jennifer Buell, development director of Catholic Charities.
“People want to help out in a meaningful way,” she said. “When they found out that for just $3 to Catholic Charities they can help feed a family of four for one day, I think that’s very compelling, and people realize the value of their contribution.”
Catholic Charities Food Bank now serves 90 member agencies that distribute food to the needy in the Wabash Valley.
A final count on the sales will likely not be available until Monday, Buell said. For each of the last three years, Orange Friday raised more than $3,000 to feed the hungry. This year’s goal is $10,000.