St. Charles Borromeo assists Feeding God’s Children
By Jeanie Mayer For The Courier-News May 18, 2012 12:52PM
HAMPSHIRE – For the past five years, the children of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Hampshire have been working together to help with the Feeding God’s Children outreach program. Assisted by staff members, and sponsored by the local Catholic Ord
Updated: June 28, 2012 12:49PM
HAMPSHIRE — For the past five years, the children of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Hampshire have been working together to help with the Feeding God’s Children outreach program. Assisted by staff members, and sponsored by the local Catholic Order of Foresters fraternal organization, the kids out-gave their previous record by nearly 140 percent.
Principal Kel Kissamis said the children continued to exceed goals throughout the week, first by exceeding one item per day, per student, for each of the five days of the food drive.
“Our second goal was to break 1,000 items. I think the kids did an outstanding job and have gone above and beyond expectations to help those less fortunate in our community,” Kissamis said.
Donning the red shirts given to them by the Forester group in recognition of the weeklong collection, kids at the school were happy to talk about what they were doing and why. First-grade students Jackie Balaton and Grayson Whaley brought in items for the drive. “We’ve been bringing in beans in a can, tomatoes, cereal boxes and Jello,” Grayson said.
“We brought the canned food for the food pantry for people who don’t have food,” Jackie said.
RuthAnn Seisser was one of more than a dozen members of the Foresters who helped pick up the boxes of food for delivery to the Burlington-Hampshire Food Pantry. She said the small school donated 1,436 items that day.
“This was excellent. It’s the biggest ever. As a Forester thank-you for them, we will be sponsoring a pizza party for them,” Seisser said.
“This is wonderful. We were ready for another big donation. This is a huge donation,” food pantry volunteer Dorothy Paddock said.