The Gardner Edgerton Republican Party and the people of our community set another record this year at the annual food drive. When the dust settled and the smoke cleared, over 4,000 pounds of food and personal hygiene items were delivered to the United Methodist food pantry in Edgerton and the Multi-Service Center in Gardner.
The delivery came just in time for the Edgerton pantry, as their supplies were greatly depleted. Summer time is hard on the pantries. Kids are out of school, so need is increased, while at the same time donations generally slow down, ramping up again closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Ementi Coary, chairman of GERP, congratulates and thanks all that volunteered and donated. “The charitable spirit of this community never ceases to amaze me. Great job to all the volunteers, but a special thank you to everyone who contributed. You are all awesome.”
The trailer was filled twice throughout the course of the drive. One delivered to Edgerton Saturday morning, and the second to the Gardner Multi-Service Center on Monday. Each weighed about 2,000 pounds.
Bill Boillot, chief volunteer for the project had this to say, “Last year we raised 3,972 pounds, so I knew two tons was possible. But to see it happen is just incredible.”