About 150 third, fourth and fifth grade students at Mooers Elementary School spent the days leading up to Christmas collecting food for the local food pantry, in lieu if giving each other gifts.
Students at Mooers Elementary have given up their tradition of exchanging gifts, and instead have worked for weeks to raise food for the local food pantry.
About 150 students from the third, fourth and fifth grades have been bringing in boxes and cans, and they are taking much more from the experience they would from a toy.
“I think it’s going to help our community,” said fifth grade student Julianna McIntyre. “It makes me feel happy.”
The pile of food collected by students takes up an entire cafeteria table, and children the pride of their accomplishment was apparent as they showed off the fruits of their efforts.
“It’s a good way to help people who are in need of food. I’d rather do food, I’d rather give than get,” said fourth grader Donovan Garrow.
The food will be going to the Mooers Wesleyan Food Pantry, which serves families from Rouses Point to Mooers Forks. Churches from several denominations in those localities donate to the food pantry, which is also part of the regional food pantry network.
“I can’t stress enough how appreciative we are for the volunteers and for people who make donations, especially at this time of year,” said Diane Gillette of the food pantry.