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Spirit of giving: Primary school students help stock local food banks

Fausto Torres, Fort Rucker Primary School first grader, hands Tom Nixon, Dale County Rescue Mission, a bag of canned food to help benefit those in the surrounding communities during a share assembly at the school Dec. 16. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Fausto Torres, Fort Rucker Primary School first grader, hands Tom Nixon, Dale County Rescue Mission, a bag of canned food to help benefit those in the surrounding communities during a share assembly at the school Dec. 16. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: January 7, 2015

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Jan. 7, 2015) -- Although Christmas has come and gone, students of the Fort Rucker Primary School can feel good about giving a gift that keeps on giving.

Before heading home for the holidays, FRPS students held their annual Share Assembly Dec. 16 to present bags of food to local charity organizations after a food drive to benefit the surrounding communities, according to Dr. Debbie Deas, FRPS principal.

“Our school’s vision states that one of our goals is to prepare our students socially to be responsible citizens in a world that is always changing,” Deas said. “We recognize that there are families in our community and surrounding areas who are in need. Students have done an outstanding job in collecting cans and boxes of food to help many people.”

Students collected a total of 1,100 cans and boxes of food to be distributed to food banks in Daleville, Dothan, Ozark and Enterprise, and representatives from each attended the assembly to receive the bags, and show their appreciation to the students and school for the gift of food they’re providing to families in need.

“Thank you so much,” said John McCullough, First United Methodist Church Daleville Food Bank, during the assembly. “It’s always such a blessing to get the food because we help people all year long.

“We have families who come every month, and we help them have food and this month we’ll be able to help them have extra food because of what (the children) have gathered,” he continued. “All of the families that come for help are good people who have just fallen on hard times, and because of (the children and school’s) generosity, they’re able to have a good Christmas.”

Tom Nixon, Dale County Rescue Mission, was also on hand to provide his thanks.

“Thank you folks for what you’re doing for people in need in this community,” he said. “Just this morning, the Dale County Rescue Mission handed out 375 bags to families in need, so these bags of food that you’ve given out today will replenish some of what we’ve given out this morning. You’re all a blessing to more people than you know.”

Harolyn Benjamin, Enterprise Christian Mission, told the children how their donations were able to help families have a happy holiday season, and maybe allow parents to buy their children presents for the season.

“I want you all to know that there are little children whose moms and dads are going to be able to feed them because of the food that you’ve provided, and they can now give them a toy or two for the holidays,” she said to the students. “I just became a grandma and I hope that when (my grandchild) grows up that he’s able to give like all of you do.”

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