As families come together for holiday feasts over the next few weeks, member sof the Warminster community have come together to help make sure that needier families have a little bit more to put on the dining room table.
Warminster Rotary and the Archbishop Wood student council pooled their resources and collected more than 300 pounds of food and $500 cash that will be donated to Philabundance Food Bank, which will use the donations to help stock local food pantries.
The food drive is a bit of a departure for Warminster Rotary's fundraising arm. In the past, the organization has chosen one or two families in the township who need a little extra help to get by and concentrated their energy to raising money. This year, club president Greg Hucklebridge decided to take a different approach.
"We wanted to make a bigger impact on the community as a whole," said Hucklebridge. "Instead of making a difference for one family, we are helping hundreds."
Rotarians placed donation boxes at their places of business, including National Penn Bank, Bucks County Bank and Kiddie Academy, and had an active presence at Archbishop Wood's home football games. The students also held assemblies and campaigned for their classmates to bring in food and money.
"We started working with Philabundance last year," said student council vice president Dan Knott. "This year, we wanted to go bigger, and our activities director suggested hooking up with the rotary."
The boxes filled with canned goods and other non-perishable items have been collected and stored at Nancy's Farm nursery on Bristol Road, awaiting pickup by a Philabundance truck.
Warminster Rotary's annual Charity Ball, the group's largest fundraiser, also collected enough money for individual $500 donations to separate food pantries in the area, plus $500 that will go to a larger Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.