I might be in a movie


Thursday, my neighbor friend and I went to a local food pantry. There’s bunches of them around here.

Anyway, while we were there, a tall, thin woman came up to me and said she worked for the area food bank (Blue Ridge Area Food Bank) and asked if she could take pictures of me going through the line.

Since I’ve worked on food bank stories and also included them in other stories I’ve written about food prices or the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, I asked her name (I know their PR person professionally).

It turned out to be her, Ruth Jones. I introduced myself (we’ve never actually met though we’ve collaborated together on the stories I mentioned). I think I shocked her. LOL πŸ˜€

All I could hear in my mind, when she stepped back a moment was, “Huh? What’s SHE doing here?”

I told her, sure she could follow me around – it’s just a run about 25 or 30 feet or so, with volunteers from the United Methodist Church putting foodstuffs on a cart for the people.

She followed me out to my friend’s car (we carpool to save gas), while she snapped pictures or videotaped my helper load up the groceries into the back seat.

Then it was time to say goodbye. I told her to send me some good photos.

Ruth looked like she felt bad for me; I don’t know if she did. But she said she wants to work together soon.

I’m figuring to help out the food bank.

That would be cool.

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About GMFarthing

Gina Farthing is a freelance journalist, writer and graphic designer. She earned her BFA majoring in graphic design and minoring in advertising, marketing and business communications. Gina has worked in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia as a copy editor, ad designer, features editor, reporter, website designer, interim city editor, graphic designer, newsletter editor and photographer for the last 18 years. She has produced various communications materials for local, national and international academic, governmental, public and private organizations, including for news media and public broadcasting service audiences. Prior to going into business for herself, Gina’s most recent employers included. Her work encompassed publications such as The Waynesboro News Virginian, the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, the Reidsville Review, Eden Daily News, Danville Register & Bee, the Draft, Rocktown Weekly, Shenandoah Journal, North Fork Journal, the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal, The Valley Banner, Real Estate Weekly and Bloom magazine.
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