Arriving at the SCV Food Pantry Saturday morning on April 25th, 2012 for this year’s 7th Annual Paint-It-Forward event, I was overwhelmed with a sense of pride as I watched the team of ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING employees begin this worthy project. Over 18 employees showed up, with smiles on their faces, and ready to donate their time and talents to updating and enhancing the building at the SCV Food Pantry, an organization which is dedicated to making sure that no child in the Santa Clarita Valley goes to bed hungry.
Food Pantry volunteers were also on-site to support our efforts and offer assistance. The day was spent prepping the exterior building by moving necessary items, masking doors and windows, spraying the building, painting the trim and metal roll-up doors, cleaning up, and overall enjoying each other’s company. We even had Sherwin Williams’ Paint Company supply their highest quality paint (A-100 and Duration products). To top it all off, the store manager Lance from Sherwin Williams brought a BBQ and cooked up a mean hot dog and hamburger extravaganza. Working with people with this kind of dedication makes a project like this so rewarding. After lunch, we were able to stand back and admire the updated new look of the SCV Food Pantry. Belinda Crawford, the SCV Food Pantry’s Executive Director, was so thrilled that they were finally getting their building painted that she gave each of us a Food Pantry Cookbook of volunteers’ homemade recipes and Certificate of Dedication to ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event. I guess that’s one reason why we call it “Paint It Forward.”