Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Food Drive Offers a Chance for Cheer

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Food Drive Offers a Chance for Cheer

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Bags and boxes of nonperishable food donations were piling up as the second "The Night Before Christmas Eve Food Drive" took place at Englewoods on Dearborn.Pat Knox, outreach director for St. David's Episcopal Church and Foursquare Gospel Church that supply the only Englewood food pantry, spent most of the evening Dec. 23 saying thank you and stacking the donations, moving them around, making room for even more donations that continued to come in as the night progressed."Peanut butter is high on the donation list this year," said Knox, who added that it is a great protein for children.Food drive organizer Debra Mosley and her volunteer committee members -- Pam Andrews, Samantha Badger, Gloria Bailey, Bette Belfiore, Shirley Bell, Jane Mills, Karen Powers and Karen Tyree -- worked the silent auction, sold chance drawing tickets and accepted cash donations for the food pantry that supports the homeless and those in need in the Englewood area."I am really surprised how many people showed up tonight," Badger said. "People must have all their shopping done. This is a great little community coming together for such a great cause."The Jack Mosley Band entertained for the evening, providing a chance for the guest to relax, sing, dance and enjoy the event they were supporting."The food drive is just getting better and better," Debra Mosley said. "People are really starting to come together to help out. I don't think people realized just how many families and individuals here in Englewood are in desperate need. I know once I realized it, I knew something had to be done to help. Most of us have so much, we can afford to share and it is the season for sharing."The food pantry at Foursquare Gospel Church, 180 Langsner St., Englewood, is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is always in need of donations.Donations, such as canned meats and fruits, instant potatoes, pasta products, rice, beans of any kind, peanut butter and jelly, can be dropped off at Foursquare or St. David's Episcopal Church, 401 S. Broadway.For more information about helping the food pantry, call Knox at 276- 6720.Sertoma Club honors students and teacherSertoma Club of Venice honored three Venice High School seniors and a teacher at its Dec. 15 meeting.Selected as Student of the Month of November was Richard Ashcroft, who was not available to receive his award in November.He has a 3.78 grade-point average and has not missed a day of school in the past seven years.Ashcroft os the commanding officer of the school's Marine Corps Junior ROTC program. He also participates in National Honor Society, track, cross country and weight lifting. Ashcroft has 325 hours of community volunteer time.He plans to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he will major civil engineering and prepare for a military career. …

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