One of the breakfasts involves former employees of Sodrel Truck Lines/Free Enterprise Charter Bus Co. We meet at Sister’s Restaurant on Madison Avenue. A couple of months ago one of the regulars, retired Indianapolis firefighter Leo Canfield, told me about a couple of new things that he was getting involved in and enjoying.
He explained that he was involved in a program through St. Andrews United Methodist Church to provide bakery goods to neighbors around the church on a monthly basis. This reminded me of the programs that Lyn volunteers with at Anna’s House on the Near Northwestside.
Leo explained that he had a good connection and was able to get baked goods from a large bakery in the southern part of the state. He pulls a large trailer down to the store and loads it a couple of days before the distribution date at the church. He also explained that on a different day he picks up a trailer load of bakery goods for a Native American community north of Indianapolis. I was intrigued with this and asked if it would be possible to ride along on one of his deliveries.
Leo asked me if I would like to visit his church on the morning that the food was distributed. He thought it might make a good article for the newspaper.
A couple of days before I was going to make my visit, I entered the church’s address into my computer and printed out the directions. Leo asked me to be there by 8 a.m. I arrived at 2650 S. Villa Ave. by 7:50 a.m. and pulled in the parking lot. I was the only car in the lot. I drove around the property and didn’t see a soul.
My phone ran around 8:15 a.m., and it was Leo’s wife, Sharon. She asked if I was about there, and I told her that I was sitting in my car in the south lot. She told me she was standing in the south lot and I wasn’t anywhere to be seen. I didn’t see her around either. I said I was at 2650 S. Villa.
She asked me travel 2 blocks north. She told me that I would see her standing there. Sure enough she was in the south lot of another church at 2560 S. Villa. We looked at each other and shook our heads. What were the odds of there being two churches on Villa? One at 2650 and one at 2560.
I said Leo gave me the wrong address, but he stated that I probably didn’t write the numbers down properly. This banter went on for the rest of the morning.
I had the opportunity to meet and visit with the Revs. Ron and Marilyn Haun. Also with us was Linda Madagame, who is working with the Hauns in establishing the first United Methodist Native American congregation.
I was impressed with the entire morning – once I arrived at the proper location – and I’m going to forward the information that I was given to the full-time staff at The Southsider Voice.
I’m still going to travel with Leo up north to deliver a trailer load of bread soon, I hope.
Shonk is a 1960 graduate of Southport High School, a ’63 grad of Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) and a retired bus driver from Beech Grove Schools.