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Shell Point residents distribute school supplies to staff

By Staff | Jul 22, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Event organizers and resident volunteers Carol and David Krafft.
PHOTO PROVIDED The drive-thru pick up.
PHOTO PROVIDED Staffers Louise Axy and Jackie Duncan pick up supplies.
PHOTO PROVIDED Renee Maxwell and Mike Coler.
PHOTO PROVIDED Dorothy Zablotsky and Alma Labour with staffer.

Dozens of residents at the Shell Point Retirement Community recently came together to assemble and distribute school supplies to hundreds of children and grandchildren of Shell Point’s employees.

Over a three-day period, the resident volunteers assembled 725 bags of school supplies, brimming with 24 essential items including spiral notebooks, pocket folders, a pencil bag, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, a pencil sharpener, scissors, a ruler, glue sticks and, due to the current pandemic, a face mask. Volunteers then handed out the school supplies to staff via a drive-thru pick up.

Residents have donated supplies to employee families each summer for the past 15 years. Resident volunteers David and Carol Krafft have led the program for the last few years, and despite the current pandemic and the uncertainty of the upcoming school year, residents once again provided this gift.

“The employees do so much for us. This is a wonderful way for all of us to show the employees how much we care about them and their families,” David Krafft said. “Shell Point residents donate money toward the purchase of the school supplies and then a team of volunteers assemble the bags, which are distributed to all employees who have children or grandchildren in kindergarten through fifth grade.”

“Shell Point is home to approximately 2,500 residents and employs more than 1,100 employees,” Jim Clark, director of employee ministry, said. “We know that residents want to show employees how much they care in a tangible way. These bags provide a helpful back-to-school boost for the children and grandchildren. I know the employees who receive them are incredibly grateful.”