Lending a helping hand is a Big Walnut tradition, and especially so during the holiday season when wallets grow slim and the need increases.
Area businesses, clubs and other organizations typically hold food drives for the Big Walnut Friends Who Share food pantry as the holidays approach; and it’s an especially strong tradition for Big Walnut Local School District students to do their part.
Last week, members of Big Walnut High School student council kicked off the holiday season by delivering $1,656 in non-perishable food items to the Friends Who Share pantry.
Student council adviser Angie Stooksbury said homerooms competed against each other during the food drive that accepted non-perishable food items or cash donations.
“Mrs. Sanchez’s homeroom donated $11 per person for first place,” Stooksbury said. “This year we had a really good effort. A school district with this kind of students and staff generosity really makes you feel good.”
The Big Walnut Friends Who Share store at 216 High St., Sunbury, is open to those in need on Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and during the evening on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
On the second Saturday of each month, senior citizens can visit the Friends Who Share store from 10 a.m. until noon. The store accepts donated items on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
To volunteer, to donate needed items, or to make a financial contribution to Friends Who Share projects, call 740-965-9596.
Friends Who Share is on the web at bigwalnutfriendswhoshare.org.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093