Gilmour Academy Community to Deliver More than 350 Thanksgiving Meals to Local Families in Need
On the first morning of Thanksgiving break, Gilmour’s campus will be buzzing by 8 a.m. as students, faculty, alumni and friends gather to distribute more than 350 Thanksgiving meals to local families as part of the Brother Richard Keller Thanksgiving Food Drive. The drive is named in honor of longtime Gilmour staff member and Food Drive volunteer Brother Richard Keller, C.S.C.
Students and faculty members at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools have been collecting food for the drive for the past few weeks and the donations are being used to fill the more than 350 baskets with complete Thanksgiving dinners.
On Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., those baskets will be loaded into cars for home delivery by juniors, seniors, faculty/staff and alumni. The remaining baskets will be loaded on a bus with additional Gilmour volunteers, who will distribute them at the Hunger Center at St. Patrick’s Church in Cleveland.
There were several educational events that accompanied this community initiative. To kick off the Food Drive, students heard from two staff members at the St. Augustine’s Hunger Center about the need that exists in the local community. Throughout last week, students were presented with simple meal options during lunch and were provided a variety of service opportunities. Students went to the Cleveland Foodbank, served at two different food pantries and made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for distribution to the homeless. The Food Drive preparations culminated with a prayer service and a blessing of the baskets on Tuesday.
Gilmour’s Director of Pastoral Life and Religious Studies Department Chair Whitney Daly chaired this year’s drive. She said, “The Br. Richard Keller Thanksgiving Food Drive makes our Mission Statement ‘to develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society’ come alive. Montessori – Grade 12 students, faculty, staff, families, alumni and friends work together to create and deliver more than 350 baskets to people in need during the holiday season.” She continued, “An endeavor this large can only be successful when everyone is invested. Aware of the great need within the Cleveland area, the Gilmour community has once again responded with hope and zeal.”