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24,000 Cans and $8,000 Cash: Now That's a Donation, Kids!

It's the biggest-ever donation that the Rochester Area Neighborhood House food pantry has ever seen, and volunteers are still busy sorting through the gifts.

Students from Rochester, Adams and Stoney Creek high schools contributed recently to the largest donation in the history of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry.

"It's unbeliavable," said Lorraine Kremer, director of the food pantry, which is housed inside the First Congregational Church in Rochester.

The high schools competed to collect canned food and cash donations for the food pantry. In all, they collected 24,000 cans and $8,000 in cash. On Friday, volunteers from the schools transported and sorted the food; they worked from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. until the food was starting to overtake the overflow area in the church hallway. 

And the donations from schools continue this week: on Monday, the food pantry was receiving a donation from Meadow Brook Elementary School; on Tuesday, another donation from Brewster Elementary School and on Wednesday a donation from a group at Oakland University.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of this community," said Kremer.

To learn more about the food pantry or to contribute, call 248-656-4904.

Involved Parent November 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Sure was impressive, and for a good cause. Even with the slight taint of the incentives. Buy a free homework pass with canned goods. The "opportunity to skip a test" and the "opportunity to skip a writing assignment" cost a mere $15 - $20 in canned goods (but cash is also accepted). Need a chance for some test corrections? Less than $5. What were some of the more creative incentives offered?
Kristin Bull November 20, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Hi, Involved Parent. It's difficult for me to know if your comment is meant to be sarcastic or not (it's hard to read between the lines sometimes in the virtual world). It's not unusual for schools or organizations to offer incentives to students for fundraising activities; regardless of the incentives, this is an impressive donation and will help an amazing cause right here in the Rochester community.
Pat Botkin November 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Thank you to the students for their hard work and generosity. Sharing with others in your community is truly the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Kay Smith November 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
What a wonderful way to support your community. Thanks to all of the students, their parents and faculty for making this happen!!!
Bryan Barnett November 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Great job to all involved. Today I'm thankful for all of the students who made this donation possible and the great people at the Neighborhood House who will put it to good use!

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