June 18, 2019

Two Seekonk Students Produce Big Results for Doorways Food Pantry


Two Seekonk students produced massive results from two separate initiatives undertaken on behalf of Doorways food pantry in December. Jack Cow, a freshman at Seekonk High School and a former Project 351 Ambassador, ran a food drive from November into December and produced massive results - almost 1,500 pounds of food were collected. “That’s almost the equal of a town-wide food drive” said Doug Hayward of Doorways. “Simply a spectacular result!” The food drive was so successful that student volunteers from the South Coast Collaborative had to make four trips from the Seekonk Public Library to the food pantry to collect all the donations.

Kaylen McGovern, a student at the Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School, is a seventh grade student who decided to get involved and organized a toy drive for benefit of families with children who are clients at the Doorways food pantry. Kaylen, age 13, developed the idea, created a flyer to solicit donations, and distributed it throughout her neighborhood of Banna Estates. When Christmas came, Kaylen had collected hundreds of items for needy children in Seekonk. The toys brought smiles to the face of parent and child alike.

There is no treasure in a community quite like young people with empathy - people like Jack and Kaylen, and the students at South Coast, and the Girls Scouts who ran their own toy drives, and the Boy Scouts who deliver groceries to homebound Doorways clients every week, and the students who perform their community service hours at the food pantry and then continue to volunteer their time even after their service obligation has been fulfilled – these young people are the light shining in the darkness, the assurance that not everyone is more absorbed in their phone than they are in their neighbor.

The Board of Directors, the volunteers, and especially the clients of Doorways food pantry would like to salute these young men and women, and all of our supporters and benefactors in the Town of Seekonk. May God bless us all as we close out the Christmas season and look forward in hope to the New Year.


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