You would not think a dock plate would elicit such gushing enthusiasm from the Chicks. In fact, you may not even know what a dock plate is.

So let me take you back in time for just a second. Neither Betsy or I have degrees in warehouse management. We have had to learn as we go. We once eschewed pallets. We would make people delivering donations to us take them away. Then the flood came and we began to understand the extreme value of a pallet that you could place multiple boxes on and move easily around the warehouse with a pallet jack, another tool with which we were completely unfamiliar.

We got with the times on the pallet and pallet jack front, but we were still sadly lacking in the dock plate department. Let me illustrate.

Mel from M&M Wholesale flings boxes of shampoo to Zach, our volunteer catcher.

This is how we were unloading truckloads of stuff. Pretty prehistoric. Poor Mel from our wholesale supplier hand off-loaded pallets of basic necessities one box at a time. We were lucky when we had a volunteer with young legs like Zach. But most of the time, it was Betsy and me on the other end of the flinging.

Then one day, as I was sitting by the dock door pondering the cement plant across the street, it occurred to me that if we bought a dock plate we could simply roll the pallets off the truck. Every blind hog finds an acorn once in awhile.

So, here we go:

Our brand new dock plate, reporting for duty thanks to a mini-grant from the HCA Foundation. Now when Mel comes to make a delivery, we will simply place the dock plate between the dock and the edge of his truck and roll the pallets off with the pallet jack. Mel will be thrilled, I am telling you.

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