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Morrisville-Eaton Student Project Provides for Families in Need

posted Nov 27, 2012, 8:54 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Mar 21, 2013, 12:05 PM ]

MORRISVILLE, NY - On Tuesday, November 13th a donation of 50 family hygiene kits were delivered to CAP'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 over 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 CAPs Morrisville Food Pantry. CAP serves 90 families on average per month out of the Morrisville Food Pantry. Barbara Church, Supervisor and Food Pantry Coordinator, noted, "These are items that are necessary but cannot be purchased with Food Stamps.  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. Lacy Westcott, student president of the Leos, noted, “We want to be sure we thank the students and staff at MECS for donating over 1,000 items for the hygiene kits.  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.”  She continued, “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.”


PHOTO: (1) Truck Filled with Donated Family Hygiene Kits