Sunday, September 22, 2013

Who's Making a Difference for the UVA Hospital Meal Packet Program

Social Action Day at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist

On Sunday September 15th, the TJM Church in Charlottesville dedicated its "Social Action" collection to IHS. Each program which was handed to church members attending both morning services contained an envelope for a contribution which was solely dedicated to buying food items for Sunday School classes to assemble meal packets over the months ahead. Margaret Gorman spoke briefly to the congregation to acquaint new members with the charity's efforts and how the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church continues to serve as the anchor church for the program since 2010. Church members provided a collection of $1,607.21.  This consistent devotion is so appreciated.

Key Club responds again  

This recognition is a few weeks late, but once again Angela Li of the Ivy area and Key Club members met and produced 57 full-day meal packers on or about August 17.  Angela has been active for several years in promoting the meal program, beginning with her Western Albermarle High School Key Club activities.  

Gorman Family added to the August Meals

Margaret and Mike Gorman took advantage of having their sons home during late August and personally made 39 full-day meal packets, then combined their production with the Key Club for a total delivery to IHS of 96 meals. The Gormans never stand down!

Cheng Family is a regular participant at making meals

Elaine Cheng and her pre-schoolers, Alex and Kate, met the Cleggs on September 18th in front of IHS's favorite meeting place, namely Hot Cakes Restaurant in Barracks Road Shopping Center in Charlottesville. This is their third year of shopping and assembling meal packets. Their goal each year is 30 full-day packets, which is accomplished over many weeks as a part of their normal grocery shopping trips. In addition, our thanks to Elaine and David for a lovely donation with a check to provide for six(6) hotel rooms for the IHS Lodging Program. This past three months has been the highest use period for needing hotel rooms since the charity began. Thanks for this wonderful devotion by the Cheng Family.

Meal Packets from UScouts at UVA

The  UScouts at UVA took time at the start of their meeting on Tuesday, September 17 to assemble 24 meal packets and write notes to the people who will receive them. This is the second time UScouts has made meal packets for the IHS. 

UScouts UVA, a university club also registered with the Boy Scouts of America as Venture Crew 1819, was founded in 2011 to give former Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other interested college students the opportunity to provide service to Scout groups and other service organizations. They meet Tuesday evenings during the University school year at 9 pm in the Astronomy Department conference room at the University of Virginia. Check out their website (  to learn more about UScouts and see pictures of their many activities.

Another Way of Helping

Many friends of this charity realize that our second office is actually the Hot Cakes Restaurant in the Barracks Road Shopping Center in Charlottesville. It's a popular location for a lovely diversity of fine food and a comfortable setting for "tabletop conversations" with friends. Keith Rosenfeld is the owner of Hot Cakes and a dear friend of IHS. Earlier in the month Keith approached T. Wade and suggested that the charity might need  some updated handouts for upcoming events. He then proceeded to print 1,200 multi-color large cards in house and provided them for the Barracks Road wine-tasting event on September 5th and the C'ville Pride Festival hosted in Lee Park on September 14th.  This excellent show of support with the printing project saved the charity many hundreds of dollars. In addition,  the restaurant continues to donate every other week several boxes of pastries for pickup and delivery for  the guests at UVA Hospitality House.

A special thanks to Keith and the staff at Hot Cakes!