A big present for Nashville food bank

2013-04-11T09:45:00Z A big present for Nashville food bankBy Kathi Downing, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

The Coast Range Food Bank and Trading Post located in the old Nashville Store has received donations of all kinds in its 14 years of existence, but a recent donation may be the biggest and most useful yet!

Several weeks ago, Carol Adams, the board president of the Food Bank, received an email from Corvallis’ Habitat for Humanity, offering an 8-by-11 foot building to any taker.

Because Habitat was relocating from Ninth Street to the old Keith Brown store on Highway 20, it needed to get rid of the small building before new renters moved in.

Without much hesitation, Carol emailed back, “Yes, we can use it,” before realizing that she had no idea how in the world she could get it all the way out to Nashville. She thought of recruiting some friends with trucks but recognized that no one had the capacity to move something that large and that heavy. The building was quite substantial — wired for electricity and with bars on the windows.

She called Habitat of Humanity to ask for suggestions, and they informed her that E.D. Hughes Excavating of Philomath had done some similar jobs for Habitat in the past.

Not one to welcome making “cold calls,” Carol took a deep breath and dialed the number for Harriet Hughes, the wife of E.D. — and a woman she knew was involved in philanthropic activities in Philomath. Carol had only met Harriet once and was surprised when Harriet instantly agreed to check with her sons to see if they could help out.

Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity called back and informed Carol that the building needed to be moved in a week. She waited nervously for Harriet to call back. A couple of days went by, and she received a call from Jim Hughes, who cheerfully agreed to move the building for her.

On Friday, March 29, Jack McCord arrived at the Ninth Street location of the Habitat building with a very flatbed trailer, carrying a Cat Skid Steer loader with forklift.

McCord maneuvered the shed onto the trailer. Then, with the heavy load on board, he drove slowly through the streets of Corvallis and 16 miles down Highway 20 to the Summit turnoff. From there he had a slow, careful drive of eight miles along the narrow mountain road, which snakes down to the old Nashville Store. By the time he got there, “not one shingle had blown off the building,” Carol said.

She and Randy Ricks, the manager of the Trading Post and Food Bank, met Jack in front of the store and watched while he struggled to move the building off the truck onto the ground next to the store. It wasn’t easy. “I had to close my eyes several times,” Carol recalled.

But thanks to Jack’s expertise, the building plopped right into its allotted space.

When Carol asked the Hughes how much the Food Bank owed for the complicated delivery, they said they were happy to do it free of charge.

Carol and Randy are delighted with the new acquisition and are exploring possibilities for its use. For now, it will probably provide storage for the overflow of donations. The rear of the building already is being put to good use as a place to hide the unsightly trash cans.

They and all who use the Trading Post and Food Bank and are extremely grateful to Habitat for Humanity and especially to E.D. Hughes Excavating for their generosity.

Nashville resident Kathi Downing can be contacted at ramdown@peak.org or 541-456-4252.

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