Dec 23, 2012

Woodland Heights teams up with businesses to help others

BY RYAN BERRY 
MANAGING EDTIOR 
GREENVILLE – Woodland Heights Elementary students and PTA, The Village Green Nursing Facility and Grace Resurrection Center (GRC) teamed up to help a lot of people this Christmas season. The students and The Village Green collected over 2,000 non-perishable food items (nearly 1,500 pounds). The food was turned over to Grace Resurrection Community Center’s food pantry.

The second grade brought in the most cans (500) and raised almost $80 to win a pizza party from The Village Green. In addition to the food donation, the school donated $366, which will be matched by The Village Green.

The GRCC, 433 E. Water St., Greenville, has been a supporter of Greenville’s students this year with the Backpack Program. Students, whose families are income eligible, are given a pack of food on Friday that typically includes two breakfast and two lunch items. Between 70-80 students participate in the program each week. The food is available through the Second Harvest Program. Prior to the winter break, students also received a toy. The toys were donated by Second National Bank.

Sharon Fellers, of GRCC, thanked the school and The Village Greenville for their support and the donation of food. She also thanked the PTA for their support of the Backpack Program.

GRC provides a Soup Kitchen, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon; Food Bank, Mondays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.; Clothing Bank, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and referrals for medical and dental care. The organization’s food pantry helps an average of 391 households and 1,265 individuals each month.

These students were part of a first grade class that brought in 111 non-perishable food items and nearly $30 for the Grace Resurrection Community Center’s Food Pantry. (Ryan Berry photo)  

Accepting the donation of puzzles for the Backpack Program are Lori Hunt, PTA, Mary Lee Moore, PTA, Sharon Fellers, Grace Resurrection Community Center, and Kim Baker and Connie Stachler, of Second National Bank.

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