Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff in the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building recently held their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit Lifestyles of Maryland Inc. and CCPS Community Schools. The week before Thanksgiving, Lifestyles employees stopped by Starkey’s with two large buses to collect donations.
Sandy Washington, CEO and co-founder of Lifestyles, said, “When I see you do this – outside the scope of what you do every day – it means what you’re doing for families. Recognize its importance.” “No one can say anything to us that isn’t positive about Charles County Public Schools,” he said when greeting CCPS staff. Because we work with you every day.
The Starkey staff – each department forms a team – collected monetary donations and shelf stable foods between November 2 and 16. This year, 10,352 food and monetary donations were collected.
The Wooble Gooble Team from the Office of Teaching and Learning donated 4,824 items and took the first place title. Human Resources Helping Hands collected 2,673 items and the team received second place. Third place came to Moss Potatoes of Secondary Instruction with a donation of 1,150 items.
This is the seventh year the Starkey staff has organized a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit LifeStyles,” said Bethany Goodwin, transitional CCPS youth and foster care coordinator. “Individual schools and school organizations have been donating money, supplies, clothing, food and other necessities to LifeStyles since the organization’s founding in 1998.” She said Lifestyles has partnered with CCPS for the summer meal program, which has been providing meals to children ages 2 to 18 for more than a decade.
Nearly three-quarters of Thanksgiving donations will go to LifeStyles, an organization set up to assist community members with services such as rental assistance, providing food and clothing, assistance with job searches, and providing transportation.
The remaining donation will benefit the CCPS Community Schools Program. It connects schools, students, families, and the surrounding community to resources such as health and mental health services, academic enrichment, after-school programming, and adult education classes, among other services. Community schools included Dr. Gustavus Brown, Indian Chief, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, JP Ryon and Eva Turner elementary schools. Learn more about Community Schools on its site www.ccboe.com.
The Wooble Gooble team was led by Stephanie Lawson and included members Tawana Allen, Alicia Briscoe, Stephanie Campbell, Sue Dobbs, Renee Eubanks, Michelle Grassinger, Christina Grist, Kim Hudler, Meghan Hungerford, Lisa Love, Kevin Lowndes, Kim Schweitzer, Megan Scholten was involved. , Beth Sorsby, Alisha Sweat, Marlene Tavel and Natalie Willett.
The Helping Hands team was led by Michelle Ezell, John Tompkins led the Moss Potatoes team, Hunger Heroes was led by Anne Marie Murphy and collected 928 items, Amanda Chapman was the captain of the Team Textgiving Crew which collected 111 items. This team was from Fiscal Year Services donated 101 items and was led by Deepa Patel, Amanda Cline was the team leader of operations and support services who collected 100 items and Goodwin was the team leader of student services who collected 65. Donated items.
how to help
The Walk to End Homelessness is Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The walk takes place along the Indian Head Rail Trail, which begins at the Lifestyle Center at 10453 Theodore Green Blvd. in White Plains. Registration fees are $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit https://lifestylesofmd.org/event/2023-walk-to-end-homelessness-in-southern-maryland/.
To donate or volunteer with Lifestyles, visit https://lifestylesofmd.org/ and look for the Join and Donate tab at the top of the site.
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