April 2013
Youth Matters

Barrels of Love


Pictured from left are Byron Smith, AFC; Wendy Taylor, Toray; Susana Salcido, AFC; and Jill Jones, AFC, at the conclusion of the 2013 Barrels of Love campaign at the Holiday Inn in Decatur.

Toray Carbon Fibers America and Daikin America spearheaded the first-ever, industry-wide Barrels of Love food drive project to collect non-perishable food to benefit the Committee on Church Cooperation, The Salvation Army and the Backpack Program for Decatur schools which puts food enough for six meals in children’s backpacks at the end of each week. The food for the school system will be stored in CCC’s pantry.

According to the campaign coordinator and purchasing coordinator at Toray, Wendy Taylor, "It was the first time so many industries in the area pulled together for such an effort. We had hoped for around 25 companies and 15,000 items. Instead, we ended up with 43 companies participating and nearly 22,000 items plus monetary and gift card donations of about $1,200! A lot of folks worked to make it happen, but none of this would have been possible without the incredible generosity of local industries. It’s just amazing that we got this much for our first time ever!"

Another drive is already in the making for 2014.