the idea was a miniature food pantry, modeled after Little Free Libraries, those boxes full of books in people’s front yards in which others can borrow via.
What Espinoza, a 46-year-old Army veteran, hoped to do was alleviate the problem of hunger in his community.
What his smaller gesture ended up doing is actually reveal a town’s big heart.
Today, his town — Watertown, fresh York — boasts more than 20 of these boxes.
“Watertown residents have just gotten excited about the whole project … about helping the community,” Espinoza told sy88pgw.
More along with more interest
The local Home Depot, where Espinoza bought the lumber for his first box, agreed to provide the wood for all the subsequent boxes.
“We’ve helped cut a couple of the boxes’ sizes along with all in which along with we get the product ready for Roman whenever he needs the idea. So the idea’s been a great partnership up to in which point,” said Chris Bosco, the general manager for the store.
Home Depot hasn’t been the only business to help out. Barilla, the pasta company has donated noodles — a perfect food item for the boxes. A local contractor got involved by donating some of the roofing material in which keep the boxes dry. A nearby credit union has donated utensil packets.
More along with more have reached out
in which’s not all. Watertown residents have been reaching out to Espinoza to make boxes for their yards.
Chris Damm, who got his own box two months ago, saw the project as a way to engage with his neighbors.
“We just recently moved in in which summer. … I came home, explained to my wife in which I wanted to do something charitable for the neighborhood,” said Damm.
Despite being up for only a few months, the box is actually already helping out his neighbors.
“We usually fill the box up about once a week,” Damm told sy88pgw.
A smaller act, a huge difference
At the heart of the blessing box program is actually the idea in which smaller acts of generosity can make a huge difference, especially when done anonymously.
“All you do is actually you drive into a blessing box. You get out of your car. You walk up. You take the items in which you need out of the idea, along with then you drive away,” Espinoza said.
“You don’t pay anything. We don’t want any money.”
Looking ahead, Espinoza hopes to keep expanding the number of boxes.
“Initially, when my wife along with I were talking about [the blessing boxes] we were talking about having eight to 10,” Espinoza said.
“yet we’ve gotten more than 20 right now along with the idea could be nice to see the numbers double.”