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Food Drive Fulfills Kindness Club’s Mission at Birch Lane

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The Kindness Club at Birch Lane Elementary School has a wide reach in its desire to spread goodwill. For Thanksgiving, the club hosted a food drive to benefit families throughout Long Island.

Large bins were placed in the lobby during the week of Nov. 16-20. Adviser Janeen Signorile noted that each grade was asked to bring in different items to ensure that everyone would receive all the necessary components of a Thanksgiving meal. After school, Kindness Club members filled large paper bags with canned fruits and vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, pie filling, stuffing and more.  

Before the bags were filled, they were decorated with pictures and Thanksgiving messages by students in Kim Kelly’s, Lauren Marocchi’s and Victoria Nemes’ classes. Heather Comparetto, Birch Lane’s occupational therapist, then delivered all of the food packages to Long Island Cares, which runs the Harry Chapin Food Bank.