Number of Participants: 9
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $304
Event Type: Hunger
Date: December 13, 2019
NY 11777, USA
Members of the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Leo Club recently completed their annual Blizzard Bags project for the Three Village Meals on Wheels program. Their thoughtful project started with fundraising bake sales in the school, shopping for all the food items and assembling the bags for delivery to the organization, which then delivered the packages to the senior citizens who receive Meals on Wheels services. Each Blizzard Bag contained four shelf-stable boxed or canned meals for seniors to have in their home to use when their daily Meals on Wheels delivery is canceled due to poor winter weather.
Last week, an early winter snowstorm forced Meals on Wheels to cancel its regular meal delivery, but the recipients already had their Blizzard Bags in their homes.
“Our students have done this project for quite a few years, and it was really special for them to be acknowledged with a note of kindness from the organization’s vice president during the first snowstorm of the season,” said technology teacher Brian Chalmers, who co-advises the club with school librarian Mary LaSita. “They learn to understand the impact of their dedication and efforts more fully.”
Photo caption: Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Leo Club advisers Brian Chalmers (left) and Mary LaSita (right center with glasses) worked with students organizing Blizzard Bags.
Photo courtesy of Port Jefferson School District