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AWARE Food Bank coordinator, volunteers deserve recognition for facing crisis head-on

I'm writing in regards to AWARE Food Bank and the coordinator Gabriella Pena. Through this tough time it's so great to see the community come together in such a crisis, and on a personal level it's hard not to feel grateful for people like my sister Gabriella Pena, because she has poured her heart and soul into making sure the Food Bank continues to run through this time for the community.

She's said multiple times she believes this is her calling. She's also made sure to recognize the volunteers especially through this time, as this Food Bank could not run without them. Instead of them running in this hard time, they've stuck together to serve the community, even though some of these volunteers are older and considered to to be compromised if catching this virus.

Not only is my sister putting her heart and soul and thinking each day how she can better how the Food Bank is run to ensure safety for not only themselves but the community in such a time, she does all this while having three children at home and one with a compromised immune system — her nine year old has stage 5 kidney disease. Somehow she manages to prioritize both and make sure her family stays safe through all of this!

Instead of running from the community she ran to it! I know so many deserve to be recognized for acts of kindness and coming together for the community, but please at least consider her, the volunteers, AWARE Food Bank of Woodburn to be recognized in such a devastating time.

Destiny Campbell


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