Soaring gave such a wonderful report on the resupply run as comments, I thought they should get a wider audience, so I am copying them here. Also, at the end, is a call for volunteers for the hiking trial building from Carissa.
From Soaring: “I’d like to post a heartfelt thank you to all who organized, planned and volunteered to make that epic delivery of supplies for us yesterday in Big Sur Island. Isa and I drove 4 miles down to a big mudslide on our dirt road, hiked over it and down to the highway where we joined our community at the PO. We visited and swapped stories while watching the helicopter fly over us to Post Ranch with slings of groceries and goods. Drivers brought flatbed trucks where the sling nets were often still attached to the loads, evidently there must have been some skilled placement by the pilot to position the heavy loads into the bed of each truck.
Volunteers sprang into action, climbing up, cutting open the wrappings and handing boxes over the side to waiting hands, with the boxes placed in groupings by area location on the coast. Neighbors came to pick up boxes for their neighbors. Andrew stopped by the Post Office and we gave him hugs and our mail that had been waiting for weeks to be sent.
A clipboard was passed to take names for volunteers to dig the walking trail around the bridge.
Patte Kronlund is an amazing and meticulous organizer, and the unloading and sorting and loading of boxes quickly and efficiently done, thanks to her pre-planning. We feel such gratitude for the fresh food and supplies, and for all who made it possible.”
Also, the wife of the Safeway manager organized a slew of volunteers to do the shopping for 58 families. They started their day at 3:30 am, and ended about 6 hours later. Soaring again writes of her “mystery shopper.”
“I understand there were many who volunteered to help by shopping for us… to clarify, someone named Haisley signed my grocery list at the end, with the words: “Health & Happiness”. Haisley checked off the items on the list and wrote next to the request for pomegranates – “sorry, none”, and made notes that they couldn’t find the item on the shelf next to another one… and that a substitution had to be made in a couple of cases. It was wonderful to read. Those little notes gave us a such a sense of the deep caring that went into this. It must have been so hard to walk the isles to find our requests for sometimes quirky, and obscure foods. It is hard enough to find groceries on shelves when I know what I’m shopping for, but to follow someone else’s shopping list, yikes. I tried to be as specific as possible, thinking that would be easiest, to give the best description I could, still, it must have been quite a hunt… We had a wonderful dinner last night. It was the best.”
Dear South of The Bridge Friends and Family
Regarding the walking trail across the State Park for access to the north, we collected names at the Post Office yesterday during the food resupply of people who would be willing to volunteer to help build the trail. If you’d like to add your name to the list please feel email me your contact information (phone and email if possible). Should we be allowed to help, I will notify you of what’s needed and when.