Early on this sunny and cold morning, students from the Center for Social Impact, Julia Bauer, Nicole Caraballo, Brandon Caraballo, Matt Eskenazi, Ben Holloway, Gib Shea, Silas Munk, and Bennett Wattles, enthusiastically collected turkeys and other donated food items from Wooster families, faculty, and staff into our own truck until 9:00 am. The Wooster team rolled into the Daily Bread parking lot Monday morning with over 100 turkeys, several "Grandma Miller's" Vermont Bakery pies donated through the Parents' Association efforts, and other food items. Once the collection on campus was complete, the students along with Mr. Noel Dominguez and Mrs. Megan Rajbanshi, made the delivery. Upon arrival to Daily Bread, Jill Shaw, event coordinator expressed her gratitude to Wooster School for once again so generously providing turkeys for local families who are in need. Ms. Shaw also mentioned that this year, around 400 families who utilize this food pantry are struggling to afford basic necessities, and for Wooster School to continue to help means a great deal. The Wooster team spent an hour at the food pantry, helping other volunteers bag apples, potatoes, onions, and other food items, and to help out as needed, as today was distribution day. One of the volunteers gave a hug to each Wooster student, and said that she loved the spirit that Wooster students bring with them to help others in the community.
Thank you to everyone who supported the organization, promotion and collection for this year's turkey drive. The success of the turkey drive was a result of the collective efforts of families from Wooster's Upper, Middle, and Lower Schools, as well as faculty and staff and the Board of Trustees. Special thanks to Noel for helping to load, drive, and deliver the turkeys, and to Jon Dupree, parent of 8th graders Jordan and Marcus, who showed up with his truck and offered his time to help out. Our collective effort speaks of the values that a Wooster education strives to instill beyond the classroom, to care for others when we have opportunities because the blessings of our lives are not meant to be kept only to ourselves, but multiplied and shared with the world around us.
For more information about or to volunteer with the Daily Bread Food Pantry, please visit: http://dailybreadfoodpantry.com/FoodPantryNeeds.html.