By Diane Sheckells
Carriage Towne News
---- — EAST KINGSTON - One of the advantages of our centrally located “new” building is that we can offer to be a drop off point for several worthwhile local projects.
Each holiday season, Pat Mazur has worked with the school nurse at the elementary school, Laura Conant, to make a list of families who might appreciate a helping hand. They coordinate the effort and help grant wishes. Soon, you will find a tree at the library decorated with gift tags.
As you start your shopping, please consider taking along one of these tags and sharing the spirit with an East Kingston child. The children’s requests may seem small…a warm coat, some art supplies or Hot Wheels cars…but that box under the Christmas tree might just make a child’s day. Under the library tree, you will find space to donate non-perishable items to the Food Bank. Tracy will collect and bring your food donations to Town Hall where your gifts will augment the pantry shelves.
Sau16 is sponsoring a special food drive. You will find their donation box under the community bulletin board. “End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-prot, volunteer effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning.” They are looking for nutritious, kid-friendly food items: Cereal, crackers or fruit cups, Macaroni and cheese or soup, and Peanut butter and jelly or canned tuna or chicken
The group packs a weekend bag for children in the Sau16 district to help them through the weekend.
At the East Kingston Public Library we are happy that we are able, in some small way, to help our community.