The Banquet’s “Project: Inside Out”

We Carry
by Sara Snuggerud in Archives

On Thanksgiving morning I decided to participate in The Banquet’s Run For Food event. OK, I walked, but it was great to get out and exercise for of good cause before delving in all my holiday favorites of turkey, stuffing and pie at Cleo’s house.

About 400 people gathered inside The Banquet prior to heading out for either a one-mile, 5-K or 10-K walk/run. The event coordinators and the Banquet staff spoke briefly. One gentleman told a quick story of the generosity of the community this Thanksgiving – The Banquet had asked for donations of 40 turkeys, a number of pies and other items to fix for their guests for Thanksgiving dinner. He told us we all should walk over to the kitchen coolers, open them up to see for ourselves – there were over 400 turkeys!

Many of us have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. That is why I want to highlight The Banquet’s “Project: Inside Out” in today’s e-mail.

The Banquet is asking for donations of “Brand New Undergarments” to give to their guests as a Christmas gift. This includes underwear, socks, bras and undershirts. The undergarments will be given to the guests of The Banquet on December 17th & 18th, just in time for Christmas.

Please purchase undergarments in your own size so there will be a variety for the guests to choose from. Please do not wrap these items. The deadline for dropping off items is Friday, December 12th.

You may drop off donations at:

  • Heirloom Creations, 3800 S Western Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, or
  • The Banquet, 900 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD

If you receive this e-mail outside the South Dakota area, keep this idea in mind for your local church or community outreach center. There are plenty of people that would greatly appreciate this type of gift for themselves and their families.

Event organizers from the Run for Food Event said they collected 12 grocery bags full of undergarments for Project: Inside Out, and raised more than $6,000.