Carl Sowers had a wish list.
Sowers, who serves as the Food Coordinator for the Twin City Christian Service Center, said he’d like to have a new walk-in freezer. The Center serves as a food pantry for 1,100 to 1,300 families each month from its Tuscarawas County location in Uhrichsville.
A new freezer would mean storage room for more meat and provide more help for local families.
His wish was granted.
An anonymous donor stopped shortly after a story on the Service Center was published in The Times-Reporter and offered to buy the freezer. After a few phone calls, Sowers was presented with a check for $12,500 to cover the cost of the new unit, which was delivered on Aug. 30 and assembled and put to use this week.
The freezer, an 8-foot by 8-foot unit that stands 7 feet, 7 inches tall, contains four sets of shelves.
"We can start loading up on the meat now," Sowers said.
With the freezer space, the pantry can add more items from the Canton-Akron Food Bank, giving it additional long-term storage capability that it previously lacked. This also gets the pantry ready for county fair season when it traditionally receives livestock meat donations, Sowers pointed out.
Sowers said the food pantry still has a few items remaining on its wish list, including a newer van for going to Akron to purchase food items and a new heating unit for the building.
"We’ll always have items on our wish list," he said. "And, I’m willing to have a conversation with anyone about what’s on the list."