Submitted by Karla Loveall
(Morrisville, NY – Nov. 2012) On Tuesday, Nov. 13, a donation of 50 family hygiene kits were delivered to Community Action Partnership’s food pantry, generously put together by students at Morrisville-Eaton Central School. Each kit, assembled in a reusable canvas bag, includes basic items such as towels, wash clothes, toiletries and laundry detergent.
These kits were caringly packaged by more than 24 Morrisville-Eaton students who participated in a new program, Leos Club, dedicated to providing volunteer service to those in need. Nationwide, Leos is a part of Lions Clubs International that has a membership of 150,000 and focuses on “Leadership – Experience – Opportunity.”
These kits will be distributed to Madison County families in need through CAP’s Morrisville food pantry. CAP serves 90 families on average per month out of the Morrisville food pantry.
“These are items that are necessary but cannot be purchased with Food Stamps,” said Barbara Church, supervisor and food pantry coordinator. “We refer to laundry detergent as liquid gold; it’s costly. This kind of expense is stressful on a household budget. The Leos Club identified with that gap and came together to do something to help families meet these needs. This is an energetic group! I hope to have an opportunity to partner with them in the future.”
Superintendent Michael Drahos, who is also the Morrisville Lions President, is the advisor of the group.
“We want to be sure we thank the students and staff at MECS for donating over 1,000 items for the hygiene kits,” said Lacy Westcott, student president of the Leos. “We also want to thank CORE Federal Credit Union which awarded us with a $750 grant for this project. Locally, Tops Markets and Dougherty’s Pharmacy helped provide some of the items at a reduced cost.
“This was a great project to kick off the year for our new club. With the assistance from the Morrisville Lions, we look forward to receiving our formal charter and then finding as many ways as possible to give back to our local community throughout the year.”
For more information about CAP programs visit www.capmadco.org or call 315.684.3144.