I Survived 9, Pro-Life, Baked Bean Drive-thru
Council: 10019 - LEWISTON
In August 2020, Brother Gordon Davis, a member of Holy Family Council, introduced a new project idea, hoping to promote pro-life, he calls it; “I Survived 9”. When he spoke of this idea to members he was encouraged enough to form a committee to help him develop it into a viable program effort. The committee came together over many meetings to brainstorm a course of action. As it usually happens in a new committees of this type, many of the members were skeptical, however respected the concept. As a result of thoughtful prayer progress was achieved.
Their first step was designing a logo for a lapel pin, someone thought it would be a good idea of getting the aid of a professional graphic designer. Several vendors were found for the manufacturing the proposed pin, the list was eventually pared down to one company. A second step would be formulating an original prayer, to be placed on the back of prayer cards, with the front depicting the “I Survived 9” logo. That would be a great way to get the message out into the public’s hands. Someone then thought of trade mark registration for the logo. The next hurtle would be to generate the required funds get these items accomplished and ordered. The ball was now rolling and would not be stopped. The idea of serving a public baked bean supper seemed to be feasible, even in these covid-19 times, so a drive-thru supper was proposed and scheduled.
With the permission and blessing from our good pastor Fr. Daniel Greenleaf, a large white tent was setup in front of the church rectory as our serving area/pickup point. The date was November 21st and the weather cooperated and the Sabattus St. traffic brought many new customers for a great meal. We served beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and cake, in take-out covered trays from 4 PM until 6:30 PM.
A total of 150 hours from 10 members and two wives combined to make the supper very successful, grossing just over $1,426.00. In the following weeks we continued the receive favorable comments and donations. At the end of the day remaining food was donated to the Hope Haven shelter in Lewiston, feeding homeless victims of poverty. Ray Laplume