Alvirne's Marching Broncos collect for food pantry
Alvirne High School Music Director Gerry Bastien salutes this year's campers after being splashed with milk from Stonyfield Farm's "Milk and Cookies" van. All 2006 campers, members of the Marching Bronco's band and color guard, had the chance to celebrate their accomplishments Thursday afternoon after collecting hundreds of non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Hudson. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
Throughout this past week, members of the marching band and color guard have been collecting hundreds of items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Hudson.
Music Director Gerry Bastien agreed.
"These kids have really showed what community is all about," he said.
While the final count wasn't available at press time, McNally said the results definitely exceeded her expectations.
Indeed, the food drive has even sparked some friendly competition among the band and color guard, which is divided into 20 different squads during marching formations.
When the folks at Stonyfield Farm Yogurt heard about the camp's collection they knew they wanted to do something special for the kids.
The duo had a special surprise for the campers Thursday, however, when they brought along several cases of items to donate to the local pantry.
Food pantry spokeswoman Pauline Boisvert said the band camp's donations would be put to good use.
On Wednesday, about 100 families stopped by the food pantry, which also provides bagged meals for needy children who aren't getting their free school lunch during the summer months.
"They're learning how to share, which is important in life," she said. She's hoping a few of the Alvirne campers might even consider volunteering at the pantry sometime soon.
The food pantry, located at 23 Library St. in Hudson, is currently in need of flour, sugar, canned meats, coffee and tea.
For more information on volunteering or donating at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, call 882-2472, ext. 6.