Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Thanksgiving Food Drives and to the Turkey Drive!
Thanks to your generosity and cooperation, GFS collected and delivered more than 3,000 items of non-perishable food and 87 turkeys to three feeding ministries in Germantown. Reverend Jones from Holsey Temple reported that he and his volunteers were able to distribute 100 Thanksgiving baskets to families in Germantown. Anita Hunt, GFS '71, delivered seven, making a total of 107 Thanksgiving baskets distributed last week. St. Luke's is open every Friday at 9 a.m., serving 40 people per week. (They have just started serving hot lunches and breakfasts, too.)
Here are the details of the Food Drive:
Zarah Adams's first grade led the collection for Lower School, and all three of the first grades and many family member chaperones delivered the food to the St. Luke's Food Pantry, with the assistance of Howard McKelvey and the GFS tractor-trailer. The program director, Miss Ongachi, and the sexton, Eric Tyler, explained how the pantry works and answered questions.
Total collected: approximately 1,000 items.
Thank you, Lower School!
The Middle School Community Action club, co-led by Behnaz Veramini and Kathy Paulmier, organized the collection for Middle School. Gabby Goodman's sixth grade won the collection contest for Middle School. Congratulations! Thanks to all of the advisories for collecting and for delivering the food to the Common.
Total collected: approximately 500 items.
Thank you, Middle School!
The Upper School Community Action Club, co-led by Riley Knowles '18, Ayla Malefakis '19, Abby Gaudinier '19, and Gabby Schwartz '19, organized a cross-grade collection competition, which the junior class won. Carl Tannenbaum came out of retirement to lead the faculty/staff/administration collection again this year.
In total, the Upper School and adults collection brought in approximately 2,000 items.
Thank you, Upper School and adults!
Here are the details of the Turkey Drive:
Sarah McMenamin and the ECP teachers organized the Turkey Drive this year and raised a total of $3,935.88.
With ECP's unique charms and creativity, it became an all-school project in just a few days. (Did you get one of their heart pins?)
Lili Sharpless acquired fresh organic turkeys from three different Whole Foods Markets, and helped to deliver them to Holsey Temple. Porter Mason, Marissa Vergnetti, Liz Meyer, and students from ECP helped load the van. Alison Crawford's fifth grade class helped to publicize the drive, with presentations to Lower School classes. Soo Lee's fifth grade and Megan Hess's second grade classes made Thanksgiving cards. Julie Marren, Paula Busser, Zach Goldberg '18, and Alyce Callison all helped to make announcements and encourage participation. Scott Foley and the Communications team made the Turkey Drive promo video and "Thank You" videos. (See below for the "Thank You" video.) Neeta McCulloch, Rachel Reynolds, Angela Faranda, and Helen Dooley all helped organize the donations.
Leftover funds from the purchase of the 87 turkeys will be used to purchase food for the upcoming winter holidays.
All in all it was a tremendous collection. Thanks again to everyone who helped support us in one way or another. The stores we used were: Acme Market on Crittenden Street, Walmart on Wheatsheaf Lane, Whole Foods Markets in Jenkintown, Fairmount, and Plymouth Meeting, and all of the stores you used. The recipient organizations were: Saint Luke's Food Pantry, Holsey Temple CME Church Feeding Ministry, and Anita Hunt '71 and her Seniors program.
On behalf of the program directors and the recipient families, warm wishes and thank you!
Director of Community Involvement