NORMAN — The McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church’s men’s group participated Nov. 2 in the sixth annual Potato Drop.
Norman’s Home Depot, its equipment and several of its employees assisted in off-loading 42,000 pounds of potatoes on 21 pallets. The potatoes were delivered to the Home Depot parking lot and then distributed to churches and food pantries in the area.
“Our last load was 2,500 pounds to be picked up by a group for distribution to churches and organizations in Chickasha,” member Joe Sanders said. “They had recently had their truck and trailer stolen and although they had recovered the truck, it was no longer in good enough condition to make the run to Norman. The pickup they brought, although a large one, could not carry that load.
“Dr. Chuck Lackey, one of our McFarlin men, volunteered to use his own pickup to take half the load to Chickasha. With the help of Home Depot employees and their forklift, we managed to finish our Potato Drop by 10:45 a.m.”
The Society of Saint Andrew, a Methodist organization, acquires the potatoes for free and pays for shipping them to Norman.
“We, in-turn through donations and our own fundraising, reimburse them for the shipping costs, which — depending on the cost of fuel — is about $2,000. That’s less then 50 cents for a 10-pound bag of potatoes,” Sanders said.
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