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Hope for the Holidays

  • Washington College staffers from admissions and financial aid, athletics, and the business office pitched in with the Lion...
    Washington College staffers from admissions and financial aid, athletics, and the business office pitched in with the Lions Club's Christmas Basket project.
  • From left, men’s lacrosse coach Jeff Shirk, women’s lacrosse coach Kate Fowler, and women’s soccer coach To...
    From left, men’s lacrosse coach Jeff Shirk, women’s lacrosse coach Kate Fowler, and women’s soccer coach Tom Reilly pack boxes of food.
  • Athletics Director Thad Moore fills boxes with lots of goodies, flanked by head trainer Carrie Kerr and men’s lacros...
    Athletics Director Thad Moore fills boxes with lots of goodies, flanked by head trainer Carrie Kerr and men’s lacrosse coach Jeff Shirk working just behind him.
  • Susanne Kelly, office manager for Athletics, and Nancy McCloy M’74 take satisfaction in helping others.
    Susanne Kelly, office manager for Athletics, and Nancy McCloy M’74 take satisfaction in helping others.
  • Admissions and athletics staffers Barry Fitzgerald, Abigail O’Donnell, and Jules Kantor team up to help with th...
    Admissions and athletics staffers Barry Fitzgerald, Abigail O’Donnell, and Jules Kantor team up to help with the Christmas basket project.
  • Athletics staffers Jade and Kim Mesias, with daughter Willow. Jade is the assistant men’s soccer coach and Kim ...
    Athletics staffers Jade and Kim Mesias, with daughter Willow. Jade is the assistant men’s soccer coach and Kim is the associate athletic trainer.
December 18, 2018
Washington College staffers helped out with the Lions Clubs of Kent County’s annual drive to provide more than 500 boxes of food and toys for Kent County’s less fortunate families.

Under the watchful eye of Robyn Moore, executive director of the Kent County Christmas Basket Committee, dozens of volunteers gathered at the Worton Community Center Dec. 17 for a single purpose: to make Christmas a little brighter for 500 Kent County families. Among those volunteers were 60 Washington College staffers from admissions and financial aid, athletics, and the business office, where Moore is assistant controller. 

Since 2000 with Moore at the helm, the Lions Club has partnered with Social Services, coordinating the community-wide canned food drive and ordering food from the Maryland Food Bank to serve roughly 450-500 families each holiday season. This year, 500 Kent County families each received 50 pounds of food. Thanks to the Kent County 4-H Club, which handled the toy drive, 600 youngsters will also have a few items under the tree on Christmas morning.

“It’s great to see so many different groups of people contribute in some way,” says Moore, “whether through the canned food drive, the toy drive, coming out to help, or monetary donations. The intent is to reach as many people as we can without duplicating efforts. We’ve been able to help streamline efforts so that everyone who needs something is able to be served.” 

Several first-time volunteers were a bit awe-struck, Moore says. In all, 20,000 pounds of food were packed and distributed to needy families.

“Our team was absolutely amazed at the need in the county, as well as the number of people who were there to lend a hand,” she says. “It truly takes a village.”


Last modified on Dec. 18th, 2018 at 12:59pm by Marcia Landskroener.