ST. JOHNSBURY -- The Caledonia Christian School kicked off the season of giving with their 35th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. For the past four years, the school has partnered with the Department for Children and Families (DCF) to collect food donations for local families served by the department's Family Services Division.
Students at the small private school, now in its 60th year of operation as a one-room schoolhouse, began their food drive by stapling a letter about the project to 300 paper bags and distributing them to neighbors around the school. The letters asked neighbors to leave food in the bags and place them on their doorsteps for pick up.
The students picked up the bags, sorted the donations, and put boxes of food together. Church members helped them assemble the boxes, adding perishable items such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy products just before the boxes were ready for delivery to local families.
Thanks to community members and vendors, over 50 boxes of food were distributed to local families this year.
"This is an incredible gift to give to our families," says DCF Family Services resource coordinator Michelle Fox. "We are extremely grateful that the Caledonia Christian School thinks of our families year after year."
To learn how you can become a foster parent and other ways you can help local children and families, contact Michelle Fox at (802) 748-6677. You can also find information about foster care online at fostercare.vt.gov.