Point Pleasant Girl Scout and Panthers Let’s Eat leaders are lauding the success of their recent Easter holiday drive, which provided Easter baskets full of delicious treats and other supplies to 55 families in the local community.
“The Easter basket supply donation event went so great. We were not sure what to expect, given the fact that this was our first try at the event,” said local Girl Scout leader Karen Damerau.
“We had donations from local Girl Scout troops and their families, families from the Point Pleasant elementary, middle and high schools, local businesses as well as donations from the community at large.”
The Point Pleasant Girl Scouts teamed up with Panthers Let’s Eat to provide 150 Easter baskets for children ages 2 to 17. Donations were collected at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on March 25.
The following day, dozens of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds gathered to sort and deliver the baskets to families involved with the Panthers Let’s Eat program, which provides Point Pleasant School District children who are on the free/reduced lunch program, and their siblings, with healthy meals when school is not in session.
“Not only was there overwhelming support in the form of donations, but we had so many who volunteered their time to help sort and prepare all the donations. There were about 40 volunteers and they weren’t just Girl Scouts,” Ms. Damerau said.
“We did have several scouts, but also members of the National Junior Honor Society, middle and high school students, local families, teachers, Girl Scout leaders and of course members of the Panthers Let’s Eat organization.
“Overall, I would say the supply drive successfully filled every Easter basket that needed filling for Panthers Let’s Eat. I feel so proud and grateful to be part of a community that supports one another.”
Kate Roach, founder of Panthers Let’s Eat, was thrilled with the success of the drive and thanked the many local businesses, families and individuals who donated.
“Every time we start projects like this it always feels like a big undertaking; there are so many kids that we always wonder if we are actually going to get the turnout that we need, but this is one of those times once again where we surpassed our goal and where there was just so much stuff and definitely plenty to go around,” she told The Ocean Star.
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