Over 700 Miles Apart, But Joined in Spirit

GBA’s two offices serve those in need on Valentine’s Day

As part of the ongoing commitment GBA President and CEO, Suzan Logan, has to serving communities in need, both the Franklin headquarters and the Dallas branch offices participated in service projects on Friday, February 14, 2014.

The Franklin office traveled to nearby Nashville to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Second Harvest opened its doors in 1978 with the purpose to provide a central distribution center for Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest's mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in the community. Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry across Tennessee.

The GBA headquarters team was assigned to the warehouse cooler where they unpacked, inspected, sorted, boxed, weighed and labeled frozen beef, pork, chicken, entrees, deli, and dessert items that had been donated by local grocery stores.

In just under three hours, GBA’s crews processed all of the pallets in the warehouse cooler — 8,000 pounds of food, according to Second Harvest’s volunteer coordinator, Jenna Altstatt.

Meanwhile, some 700 miles away, the GBA Dallas staff were reporting for duty at Mission Arlington. Founded in 1986, Mission Arlington provides donated food, furniture, appliances, clothes, household items and computers to families in need, including their Outreach program that supplies a new start to people who have lost their possessions in a fire or other emergency.

Led by Terry Esquibell, VP and team leader of the GBA Dallas office, the crew of six spent over five hours on various tasks. First they moved two truckloads of clothes from a warehouse and delivered them to an distribution location. Next they unloaded two trailers full of furniture — couches, tables, chairs, and dressers. Then they not only unloaded a semi trailer full of household goods and toys, but organized it to maximize the space and to facilitate redistribution.

"What an awesome day! Today we took GBA teamwork to a new level – outside the office and into our communities. I’m so proud of our GBA family, and I’m thankful for their servant hearts. Matthew 23:11-12"

- Suzan Logan