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Stephanie's Heroes: Greer Elementary "Can-Do" Drive

May 14, 2012

First graders at Greer Elementary School are taking a quick break from the classroom to make a special presentation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

During their “Can-do” food drive they turned in nearly 2,000 food items and raised $70.

“We just bring cans and food items. There’s this 'Can-Do' box where we put all of our cans in, and then every Friday we go to every single classroom and collect their food,” said student Aashni Shetty.

“They were excited because I think sometimes they think, 'We'll I'm only 6 or 7 years old. What can I do to help people,'” said teacher Alison Perkins.

But her students definitely found a way to lend a helping hand. They asked neighbors, family members and fellow classmates to donate all sorts of food like canned meats, canned vegetables, and canned fruits. They even kept track of what was coming in on hand-made bar graphs.

The piles of cans and are now at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Their donation will help provide about 1,300 meals, and it couldn't come at a better time.

“This is the summer slump. Food donations are at the lowest. We really need the extra help from the community," said Michael McKee, Chief Planning and Philanthropy Officer for the BRAFB. "These kids are in school, but they're teaching us so much about what it means to be a good neighbor."

While they were at the food bank, the kids didn't just dump out their full bins and leave. They also worked hard sorting everything from green beans to salad dressing.

“We had to lift the box and it was actually a big box. We had to put all these foods in there,” said Nina Alabanda.

Their hard work is paying off and helping to feed the hungry in central Virginia.

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