We could share hundreds of stories of the people who warmed our hearts this January – who braved the bitter weather to collect donations at Kroger stores. Here, we’ve boiled it down to two:
Khaliph Page, a senior at Detroit’s Cass Tech High School swayed his mother, Shiela Summers, to join him in collecting donations at Kroger in Dearborn.
“We braced ourselves for severe snowstorms and frigid weather. I wasn’t sure if we would get a good response from the community because of the inclement weather. To my surprise, the shoppers went above and beyond in donating food and money.” says Khaliph, who also solicited donations from friends and family to bring to the collection.
Khaliph first volunteered with Gleaners during the winter of 2012 to rack up community service hours required for high school. He’s since become a passionate hunger advocate.
Mary Haney volunteers for the “Kids Kloset” program at The First Congregational Church of Clarkston which provides food, diapers, formula and gently used clothing for children under six, to families who are experiencing hardship.
Mary and a handful of fellow congregation members collected 17 carts of food over one weekend at Kroger in Clarkston. She says the food will keep the Kids Kloset pantry stocked for the next four to six months.
“The response was overwhelming. We had several customers who donated five or six bags of groceries,” Mary says. “One lady actually went down the list and bought one of every single thing we asked for!”
We are so thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who braved subzero temps and record snowfall to collect food and funds for Gleaners at Kroger stores. We’re thrilled to announce that the month's collections provided more than 310,135 meals for our hungry neighbors. Over 120,000 pounds and $70,000 were donated by generous community members, who no doubt were warmed by these bold efforts.
Most importantly, the warmth will reach thousands of families who, without this help, would face the tough decision of heating their home or putting food on the table.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, and Kroger employees that made this collection a great success.
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