Both Senators believe this type of community effort crosses party lines and creates unity in a vital way. â€œI have teamed with Senator Faust-Goudeau to work together in bi-partisan fashion to highlight the tremendous community we have. Poverty doesnâ€™t have a political party,â€ said Oâ€™Donnell.
â€œWhen the community comes together on this level, great things happen. We all have a common bond in caring for one another,â€ added Faust-Goudeau.
The drive began the evening of the â€œGolden World Concertâ€ (June 2), a first-time Riverfest event coordinated by Global Faith In Action. Only a small portion of the city heard about the drive in time to donate water, however, so the decision was made to continue efforts.
Moving into the hottest months of the summer, Senator Oâ€™Donnell says the decision to continue the drive is coming at the perfect time. â€œThere are so many homeless in our community who are struggling to just survive. Temperatures this time of year always make things more difficult. This drive is a small way for us to take care of them with the most needed resource, water,â€ said Oâ€™Donnell. Senator Oâ€™Donnell also says the drive will help reduce costs that organizations serving the homeless might otherwise have. â€œKnowing there are many organizations dedicated to providing services to the homeless in Wichita, this drive will help them alleviate costs with a necessity like water.”
Senator Faust-Goudeau says endorsing the drive is something she values on a personal level. â€œI am honored to be apart of this effort and efforts like this. The homeless population has always been dear to my heart,â€ said Faust-Goudeau. Communities of faith, individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the drive. Cases of water can be dropped off at the Kansas Food Bank or Mead’s Corner during normal operating hours. They will be distributed to organizations serving the homeless throughout the summer.
Jonathan Flesher â€“ Project Coordinator w/GFIA at 316-305-3535
Kansas Food Bank â€“ Cargill Cares Complexâ€¨1919 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas 67211 Tel: 316-265-3663 â€¨Fax: 316-265-9747â€¨ Web: www.kansasfoodbank.org
Mead’s Corner – 430 East Douglas, Wichita, Kansas 67202 Tel: 316-201-1900 Web: www.meadscorner.com