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22 November 2008 @ 12:08 pm
Numb3rs Fic: That Time of Year  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #186 – Campaign

Title: That Time of Year
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie, Amita, Larry, Alan
Rating: PG
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: UP
Summary: It's the time of year to give thanks and to give from the heart
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

It was about that time.

Don wasn't allowed to set up a donation barrel at the Bureau, but colleagues brought him cans of food anyway. He'd come back to his cubicle to find a brown paper bag stuffed under his desk or a few cans on his chair. No one needed recognition for it; they just wanted to help.

Charlie had barrels set up in each of his classrooms and Amita's. Even Larry allowed one to be put in his otherwise ascetic office. Cal Sci had its own Make Poverty History campaign, but tolerated Charlie doing one alongside theirs.

Alan had started it - in truth, both him and Margaret, it had been going on so long - and his job had always been to spread word of their efforts on behalf of the food bank. When they were young, he'd drive all the food in. Then Don and Charlie helped. Now it had grown to the point where Charlie hired some of his students to rent a truck and collect from Cal Sci, Don's apartment and the Craftsman.

It had become a family tradition to all go down to the food bank for the final delivery. As they waited for the students to begin to unpack, they'd dust the nearly empty shelves, a single thought echoing through the head of each Eppes man: how can these shelves be so empty when we all have so much?

And then they'd all work together to fill them.

They knew the shelves would be empty again days later, but it was worth it to know how many families had a happier Thanksgiving due to a tiny little food drive one couple had begun so many years ago.

They'd seen the senseless hunger around them and decided to act.

It was about time.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 22nd, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
It's almost time for American Thanksgiving and for the holiday season to get fully underway.

In this season of giving, please consider helping out your local food bank. It's the time of year to go through your closets and pull out those slightly dusty yet still valid canned goods, to get a list from organizations you support of what to add to your grocery shopping list, to pack baskets to deliver to those with little to give thanks for.

Even those of us who don't have much can still usually spare something, even if it's just our time spreading the word about things like using the Food Bank Locator at Feeding America (Formerly America's Second Harvest).

It's a whole different kind of Thanksgiving when what you're filled with is goodwill.

FWIW I took some liberties since the Make Poverty History Campaign is more UK oriented. The US partner organization is The One Campaign, but I didn't like the way it fit in the fic - less impact. I figure I have plenty of readers overseas /waves/ so a tip of the hat to their efforts instead of staying US-centric kind of underscores the theme IMHO: don't just think of yourself, think of others.


Emma DeMarais
andi: Bristoladmiralandrea on November 22nd, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Nice little story and I like the tip of the hat to Make Poverty History. I was only thinking the other day about when I was at school and we'd take stuff to school for harvest festival, which was then boxed up and given to local families or older people who were in need. I've no idea if that kind of thing still goes on. Another popular thing in the UK is stuff like an artifical tree in the shopping centre, where you can take a card to buy a present for a child in need or donating a tin of pet food for the local shelter. All worthy causes that needn't cost a fortune. In fact, in the case of the toys, they purposely insist on spending less than five pounds.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 22nd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like mixing and matching US and non-US orgs and such in these fic. I don't like the idea of doing the whole head in the sand, can't see any other countries America-centric thinking. It's all one planet and there are people in need all over it.

I had a great food bank program at one of my previous jobs and I miss it. They made it so convenient and the multiple carloads of food we sent was the inspiration for this fic in the first place. The shelves really would go from empty to full to empty (which is good in a way since if they stayed full it would mean people weren't being helped).

We have those tree type drop off centers too and donation buckets for toys and everything. I just happen to have a place in my heart for food banks.

I cleaned the kitchen at one place I lived after a roommate abruptly moved out. They had SO many old canned goods they left behind and sadly so many were expired they had to be tossed. It killed me that these bags of food could have been put to good use, but for someone's laziness and self-centered thinking good food was lost and people went hungry.

A topic worth spending a drabble on, even if just to remind people of they good they already do...
rubynye: Back to Back (Numb3rs)rubynye on November 23rd, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
This is the most adorable PSA ever. :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 23rd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hehehe Thanks. I do so love my PSA fic. ;-)
forensicaddictforensicaddict on November 23rd, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
WOW touching I can so see them doing this wow
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 23rd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They really would, wouldn't they? They're very much that kind of family which is awesome.
Candi: Colby and Don Smilingmustangcandi on November 25th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Awww... I could totally see Margaret and Alan starting something like this and Don and Charlie helping! An amazing family.

Well done.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 25th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's part of why the Eppes family is so great. And nice icon! Too bad you don't do slash because that would look nice on my new Don/Colby fic. LOL