Recalling pleasant things and taking the time to dwell on them.
Caitlin Clark From The Logo In Coralville.
Caitlin Clark‘s exceptional ability to share the ball with her Iowa Hawkeye teammates has captivated millions across the country. Off the court, the women’s basketball star found a touching way to spread love and support, partnering with the Coralville Community Food Pantry for a month-long donation push. The dynamic duo recently completed their “Team up against hunger” initiative with a drive-thru donation drive Friday, April 21. Together, Clark and the local food pantry raised more than $60,000 during a 30-day stretch, asking donors to assist with $22 payments in addition to gifts of personal hygiene products. Fans were treated to a meet-and-greet with Clark to take a selfie in exchange for the monetary donation and at least two personal products during the event last week.
The food pantry and Clark asked fans and residents to donate $22 last year as well, with Green State Credit Union agreeing to match each donation. The program generated $23,000 in 2022, exceeding their goal by $1,000. This year’s project produced even better numbers, a dominant win for all involved.
“We have not been to the community food pantry before, nor have we had a chance to meet Caitlin Clark,” said Coralville resident Maggie Willems, who attended the event with her 10-year-old daughter, Maggie. “So it seemed like a great combination to donate and meet someone that we’re both excited to meet.”
“There’s so much attention around Caitlin and the team and in our story, too (the Coralville Community Food Pantry), which is really great,” Boller said. “We’ve seen donations come in from literally all over the world, and probably almost every state in the country.”
The success of this year’s “Team up against Hunger” donation drive with Clark was expected, though Boller and company didn’t envision the goal to triple. The local pantry was thrilled for such a response, playing host to a big crowd last week.
“We knew there probably more eyes on (the drive) this year just because the (women’s team) was having so much success this year and Caitlin was getting even more attention for her incredible performances,” Boller said. “It was just a wonderful surprise to see all these donations coming in.”
What a thrill working alongside Caitlin – taking in all the generous donations to CCFP!