INDIO, Calif. - It wasn't a traditional birthday party, but 100 years after the birth of FIND Food Bank founder Wayne Robinson, his family came together to honor the man who wanted to fight hunger in the valley.
"I think he had visions that it would grow...but I don't think ever in his wildest dreams (did he) think it would be this big," said Sean Robinson, grandson of Wayne Robinson.
Wayne Robinson began FIND Food Bank in the summer of 1983. It started at his home with help from his church in Cathedral City and has since expanded to the current location in Indio. Robinson died in 2003 at the age of 86, but his legacy lives on today.
Robinson's granddaughter, Danielle Kaminaka, remembers helping when she was in high school with her cousins. Now, she said, the nonprofit has once again strengthened her family's bond through the annual birthday volunteer day.
"Some of the cousins who were here last time we hadn't seen in years, so being able to come from New Mexico, Colorado, and bring all those people together...it's definitely connected us," said Kaminaka.
Wayne Robinson's 100th birthday happens to land within the last three days of 2017, which FIND representatives say are also the largest donating days of the year. Stater Bros. Markets decided to join in on the celebration, and gifted a donation of $20,000 to FIND. That amount will provide 140,000 meals for 2018, in addition to food donations collected from customers throughout the holiday season.
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