Editor’s note: P.E.S.T. Relief International, an organized effort where professionals in the pest management industry bring comfort and relief to orphaned, abused and at-risk individuals, recently partnered with CPCO of Georgia for “Pancakes & Pest Control,” an outreach effort that fed more than 100 refugee families. P.E.S.T. Relief International submitted the following recap of this successful undertaking.
P.E.S.T. Relief International hosted our largest initiative of the year at our Pancakes and Pest Control event in Clarkston, GA where we were able to serve over 100 refugee families. The morning couldn’t have been more perfect with the sun shining and a cool summer breeze to greet us as we set up and prepared. We were blessed with a large donation of pest control from MGK and mattress encasements from Mattress Safe and were looking for an opportunity to be able to bless others with it.
CPCO of Georgia partnered with us to organize this event and provide the pancakes while Upper 90 hosted a soccer clinic with the children who lived in the apartments. From an idea on paper to setting up that morning, this is how the Pancakes and Pest Control Initiative was born. The day started with an organizational meeting led by CPCO of Georgia executive director, Glenda Lehmberg, who did an amazing job organizing this event. She gave us each our tasks and away we went to the various stations.
We had the greeting table station, the pancake and drink station, and the mattress encasement and pest control station. We also hired David Hancock as a DJ for the day who did a great job bringing life and joy to the main grounds of the apartment complex and made the event feel like a party.
Refuge Coffee also came with a food truck to serve hot and cold coffee drinks to everyone. Joe McDonald ran the pancake station at his large griddle while Kera Parker and Robier Acebo kept the pancake mix and drinks moving for the families who came to enjoy the day. We had well over 100 people come to our event and they served over 200 pancakes.
Among the many highlights of the day was the distribution of the mattress encasements and pest control. We were able to give 275 bags of REST that contained over 500 mattress encasements in various sizes and 360 cans of pest control away that day along with a few cute little teddie bears to some very special kids!
A whole team of volunteers were there to help in this endeavor from carting boxes and boxes of encasements to the station by Sean Kowalewski and one of our youngest volunteers, Nehemiah Vallejo, to navigating language barriers by Cindy and Marty Jones to understand what size encasements the recipients needed.
The greeting table was hosted by Maria Collins and Joe Maxwell who worked hard to explain the festivities, pass out the tickets for free drinks at the coffee truck and show support to the children with a free balloon. Everyone worked hard and did their part to show care and love to our fellow man or woman. It was a great day of business coming together to serve others well.
Thank you to all who made this event possible. To help us continue our efforts, donate today and change a life.