I pay attention to two fundamental things, both of which are concerned with keeping harmful bacteria out of the food I serve:
- food temperature, and;
- surface and utensil sanitation.
Additionally, Celia, Melody D., and Caitlin L. are talking with me about providing cooked food – from a batch of muffins to a complete meal – which I’ll be able to pick up and deliver.
Propane is one of the ongoing expenses at Camp United We Stand. The camp has two heaters, one in the security tent, and one in the community tent. During this bitter cold snap, St. Dunstan’s (the host church) opens a room for the campers to sleep at night, but during the day the only source of warmth is propane.
I have found the cheapest place in town to refill propane canisters: the U-Haul store at 165th & Aurora. Refills there are only $3.29 per gallon, compared to $3.99 per gallon elsewhere. Every couple of days, I or another donor pays about $40 to refill two propane tanks, for a total cost around $600 per month. (My step-father sent me $500 for Christmas to help the camp, and this is where that money is going!)
It makes a big difference to have somewhere to warm up, even a little. It’s hard to concentrate or relax when there’s no relief from the cold. The community tent does not hold heat very well, but it’s a damn sight better with the heater than without it!
The warmth is important for “Olivia” (not her real name) who suffers from bone cancer, and who can’t move around a lot. She spends most of her time in the community tent, bundled up against the cold, reading a book or watching a DVD on the camp’s TV.
If you’d like to buy a day or two of warmth for the camp, please send $20 (one day) or $40 (two days): https://paypal.me/rumblecrash.