Punch and Casey Woods' adobe in the Tucson Mountains feels like home. There are pieces of antique furniture, rich with the history of the southwest, an amazing collection of crosses, canvas portraits of their three daughters when they were young-objects obviously collected over a lifetime, each with a story. Inside, two basset hounds lounge, while outside a host of chickens, ducks, wild rabbits and the Woods' two horses ramble about the grounds. The entire place radiates life and warmth.
The couple couldn't be happier with their life. "We're very blessed," said Punch. "We just have luckily fallen into it." Despite how lucky they feel, the Woods have worked hard all of their lives. After serving as missionaries in Mexico, they settled in Tucson. In 1978, Casey began her long career as a teacher at Safford Middle School, where she still occasionally substitutes. Punch, as many of our supporters know, ran the Community Food Bank for 25 years.
Today, Punch still has one foot in food banking. Feeding America, the national affiliate supporting food banks across the country, often uses his coaching services for food banks that are experiencing growing pains. According to Punch, the management staff at these food banks often needs a sounding board. "They can talk about anything and everything that's going on at the food bank and I know what they're going through," says Punch.
Always a man with many irons in the fire, Punch uses his free time for reading, writing, riding horses, swimming and, as he puts it, "romance with his wonderful wife." A project that has much of his attention right now is restoring a 1940s truck. "He ran the food bank with tenacity and patience," says Casey. "The 25 years at the food bank were good training for his retirement." He also serves on many nonprofit boards, still devoting his time to community improvement.
Another way the couple supports the community is through their estate plans. A charitable gift annuity with the Community Food Bank is an investment and a gift. The Woods' $10,000 annuity provides them with a quarterly payment which will continue throughout their lifetimes. They made the gift in 2003 as a leadership donation, with the goal that other community food bank supporters would do the same, and many have. They are still very happy with their annuity and like it so much that they are considering adding to it.
The Woods ask you to consider joining them by making a donation through a charitable gift annuity to the food bank or any other charitable organization that you support.