FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The mood is much lighter at Community Food Bank in Fort Worth this weekend.
Nearly everyone you run into is smiling and grateful that’s because the lights are on and they will stay on.
Community Food Bank will continue to give out fresh vegetables, fruits and meats to hundreds of North Texans every day.
“I had a God send call it’s unbelievable it literally put me in tears,” says Regena Taylor Executive Director of Community Food Bank.
The food bank was in trouble. It couldn’t pay an electricity bill for more than $10,000 due next week and that would have impacted their refrigerators and freezers.
Then, after CBS 11 shared their story of need, Freeman Toyota in Hurst stepped in to help and Taylor got a call from General Manager Dane Minor.
The owner of Freeman Toyota was watching CBS 11 Thursday night saw the need and decided to help. “She said we have three meters so the first one was a little over $10,000, the other one was $2000 and then there was one for $600 and I said why don’t you let us pick up the largest one for you and she was flabbergasted,” says Minor “We have been blessed and it was easy for us to give back and it was joy to hear her voice on the other end of the line.”
By Friday an e-mail was sent out by Minor to Taylor.
In the e-mail he wrote:
“Our accounts payable for $10,735.49 on your electric bill- paid in full! I am glad that we were able to help so that you may continue to help others. I hope this relieves some concerns that you may have had in regards to your day to day operations. We appreciate what you do for the community and I know each person you help is thankful for the food bank and everyone who volunteers. Have a good one!”
Taylor has no words and said she, “I jumped up dropped the phone I started crying and trying to hold it back couldn’t believe it.”
Taylor and everyone at the food bank and pantry say they have so much to be thankful for, “He has taken the pressure of worrying about losing all the good produce and meets and things we have for our clients.”
In an effort to pay their bills Community Food Bank had set up a fundraiser and they will still go with it.
The first is a Fort Worth Iron Chef and Silent Auction on Monday, October 29, 2012. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College.
If you would like to attend or donate to the Community Food Bank, visit www.food-bank.org for contact information and ways you can help.