Working together to feed the community

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On Dec. 5, dual canned food drive-thru events were held throughout Grove City, but organizers say they were not dueling about which location would collect more items. “We are all working together to give back to our community,” said Howdy Lamprecht, president of the Buddy Ball League of Grove City. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., members of the student council at Grove City High School hosted their sixth annual canned food drive, while volunteers with the special needs baseball team hosted their first from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 2,200 cans and 80 boxes of non-perishable goods were collected and shipped to the local pantry to benefit the White Christmas Food Program. Shown here are a few pictures taken at the two drive-thru events.
Grove City High School senior Dylan Boso places a full box of food on the trailer. The items were to be taken to the Grove City Food Pantry where they will be distributed to clients on the southwest and west side of the county.
Members of the student council used signs, cheers and dance routines to attract motorists on Hoover Road into the canned food drive-thru event. Advisor Kaitlin O’Hara said they usually collect items through word of mouth at school but had to improvise this year due to the pandemic.
Volunteer siblings (from left to right) Couper, Quinn and Gracie Corbett pose with Buddy Ball mascot Buster during their drive-thru event at the Mirolo Dream Field at Mt. Carmel Stadium. The family from Grove City are also active volunteers in the league – Couper is a Buddy Ball Buddy, helping others play the game, while mother Mandy is a coach.

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