With very little fanfare the cast and crew of the NBC series “Grimm” spent their weekend working two shifts at two different locations of the Oregon Food Bank packaging 24,139 pounds of food resulting in 15,259 meals for Oregonians in need. The effort was largely organized by local film workers Bruce Lawson and Dawnn Pavlonnis, but in total there were over 30 volunteers representing members of IATSE, SAG/AFTRA, DGA, and the Teamsters looking to give a little back to the community. This is not the only charitable effort the “Grimm” cast and crew has made over the past year. They’ve helped raise money for local non-profits, visited children hospitals, and organized toy drives in the office.
One great aspect of Oregon’s film and TV industry is the sense of community that exists. It could be in part because the industry is relatively small and tight knit (albeit growing), but I believe that it’s more the case that there are some outstanding Oregonians who feel the need to give back whenever possible. After this weekend, it’s clear that it’s contagious.