Great Plains Building Supply Company lends helping hand

December 27, 2018

Great Plains Building Supply Company is on a mission to feed the hungry through its first-ever partnership with The Salvation Army of Columbus.

“There’s always a need for food,” said Tracy Buzynski, who manages the company’s social media platforms.

This building and construction supply company has been conducting a month-long food drive in an effort to stock the shelves of The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Columbus. Community members have until Jan. 5, 2019, to showcase their support for the organization by dropping off nonperishable food items or cash at the Great Plains Building Showroom, 2223 13th St.

The company put together a list of most-needed food items, which includes macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, pancake mix, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta and sauce, pork and beans and boxed meals.

The Salvation Army in Columbus, 1711 23rd St., is part of an international movement – which bases its message on the Bible – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ while helping others without discrimination, according to information from its official website. The organization serves the community in many ways, such as assisting the unemployed and veterans, fighting poverty, helping the hungry and aiding survivors of natural disaster.

Among the different things the organization accepts as donations are clothing, household items and furniture, but Buzynski said there’s a higher need for food. Office manager Mary Abegglen said that same need is much higher during the holiday season.

“I think any food drive is great because there are many needy people in town,” Abegglen said.

Abegglen said she has been amazed by the drive’s success since it started a few weeks ago. She said community members have been generous with their donations.

Although no specific goal was set for this year, Abegglen said the company plans to collect as much food as it can.

“We would love to have (boxes) overflowing,” she said.

When company owner Tony Bahr asked Buzynski for ideas to give back to the community, she said she didn’t have to look far.

Buzynski used to work for The Salvation Army three years ago. Even after her departure, Buzynski said her dedication for the organization remained, which prompted the partnership.

Looking back, Buzynski said the organization has given many people in need of assistance a hand through its several programs.

Those wanting to learn more about the initiative are encouraged to contact Abegglen at 402-564-6515. Donated items will be transported to the pantry on Jan. 5, 2019.

Buzynski said she hopes to see the partnership grow into an annual tradition.

“We just wanted to bless the community and give back,” she said. “This time of year, it’s easy for everybody to donate something. It makes a difference.”

Natasya Ong is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.

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