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Mesa Verde National Park Employees Participate in Feds Feed Families Food Drive
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Between June 1 and August 31, 2012, the national Feds Feed Families campaign took place. At the Department of the Interior (DOI), which includes the National Park Service (NPS) and Mesa Verde National Park, employees were asked to donate a minimum of five pounds of food. Last year, DOI employees collected over 14,200 pounds of food nationwide.
On August 7, Mesa Verde National Park employees Coella Drenske and Ev Whitehead, took the first donation of food to the Good Samaritan Distribution Center in Cortez. That donation was 215 pounds. The lady working at the Center said, "Come in! Come in! I prayed you would come today. I did, I prayed you would come today and here you are. God works in mysterious ways. We are out of food." When Coella and Ev returned to work, they shared their experience with all Mesa Verde employees.
By the end of the Feds Feeds Families Food Drive, Mesa Verde National Park employees had donated a total of 827 pounds of canned fruits, vegetables, grains, juices, baked goods and hygiene items to the Good Samaritan Distribution Center. "The employees of Mesa Verde National Park were happy to lend a helping hand to those in need in our neighboring communities," stated Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer.
Did You Know?
Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.