Photos: The Spirit of Giving

Messenger photo by Joe Wyse
London Correctional’s 7 Steps lends a hand
Members of London Correctional Institution’s 7 Steps Foundation, A Friend’s House domestic shelter, Huckleberry House teen crisis center, Lima 3/25 of the Marine Corps, and the London Fire Department gather around toys purchased with funds raised by members of the 7 Steps Foundation. 7 Steps donated $2,000 to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, $1,000 to the Fire Department’s Soup for Kids program, $1,000 to A Friend’s House, and $500 to Huckleberry House.
913 cans and boxes of food
Students at London Middle School collected 913 food items for the HELP House food pantry in London. This year’s collection far surpasses last year’s, which totaled 405 items. The individual who collected the most was Hannah Fender with 147. Her homeroom class, taught by Rachel Morris, won the school competition with 222 items, followed closely by the homeroom class of Bev Miller with 214. Teacher Joe Watson (right) and middle school football coach Paul Reed delivered the food and a $10 donation to the pantry on Nov. 21.
St. Patrick plays Turkey Bowl for food pantry
The St. Patrick School eighth-grade class held their fourth annual Turkey Bowl touch football game to raise money for the Madison County Food Pantry. To participate, students in grades 5-8 donated $5. Spectators attended for $1. Eighth-grade class advisor Tom Fry quarterbacked for both teams. The middle school band performed “Hang on Sloopy.” Pictured are some of the eighth-grade event organizers and game participants: (front row, from left) Marisa Davis, Mackenzie Cutteridge, Megan Gillespie, Rachael Mittelkamp, Eileen Snyder; (back row) Matthew Sweet, Scott Knapke, Logan Manning, Jonathan LaForge, Austin Vrancken, Ian Wonn and Eric Knapke.
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