Final GiveAway Media Press Release
Above-The Final GiveAway July 24, 2012 Press Release with phone numbers.
Pastor Paul's Mission Press Release always included the information; Who, What, Where, When, Why, Contact and Today. Always using a 'Black Magic Marker' and handwritten. Knowing how busy the media contacts were, we always kept the press release to the point. At that time the Fax was our carrier pigeon!
The most important thing was the 'What?' that usually meant 4,000-5,000 bags of groceries and more food given to thousands of gracious people waiting in lines that circled the block, once we figured out that we should use fencing. It was an ongoing learning process. It was always fun and everybody was generally HAPPY! We were happy that everyone else was happy and our hard work was documented, shared and appreciated by so many people.
Pastor Paul always did such a good interview too. His spontaneous heartfelt remarks captured the times without pointing blame. He was always very positive about meeting the needs of people. The volunteers picked up on the good vibes and were blessed by helping. The people served who needed food came expecting and left with more food than they could carry. The times were very memorable.
1980's-1990's Media Contacts
Above- 1980's - 1990's Media Contacts List for Radio, Television and Newspapers. These telephone numbers were before the need for area codes!
The news media played a major role in helping to get the word out to people in need that we had food available. Pastor Paul would call the radio stations weekly when we did Street GiveAways and they would have him do public service announcements about the food that was available. He would list the food on air and talk to those in the studio on air for a minute or two. Many people would listen to the radio the morning of the giveaway to find out what was available. He was really good at the announcements and conversations with those in the studio.
It was always very exciting when the TV Stations showed up. Sometimes they would do a 'Live at Noon' showing what was going on and more people would come after seeing the event on TV. The Newspapers were extremely important so we had the documentation to keep. As you can see by the many Headlines, they showed up a lot and did a great job!
TV and Newspaper Contacts
Above-Media Contacts: Staff Photographers, Newspaper Columnist, and News Reporters.
The staff photographers, newspaper columnists, news reporters and photo journalists were always very impressed with so much going on and the good atmosphere. People who were interviewed responded very positively that made their job easier. They wrote very thoughtful articles explaining what we were doing and how people were served. Some of those were sent numerous times so we got to know them.