Raising money for the pantry

food pantry arn currentBarbara Lawlor, Nederland. While Arn Current of the Slopeslide band sang and played the guitar, his parents Chris and Dave Current danced to the familiar sound. Chris is the director of the Nederland Food Pantry, the one who makes it all happen, and Arn donated his time and talent to help raise money for the food pantry fundraiser on Saturday night, May 2, at the Nederland Community Center.

food pantry dave and chrisA silent auction offered extraordinary deals on local business services and artwork and restaurants and all kinds of things you didn’t know you needed until it called out to you from the auction table. Hot dogs and chili were for sale at snack prices, and wine and beer were offered for something to sip during conversations.

Nederland Girl Scout Troop #3031 made a special presentation to one of their members, 10-year-old Elise Brodsky, for her volunteer work for the past six years.

food pantry checking oiut auctionThree years ago, Elise and her mother Liz gave a presentation to her Girl Scout Troop explaining their volunteer work with the food pantry. As a result, Troop #3031 decided to adopt the food pantry as their philanthropic project. The girls have donated nearly 500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the pantry and organized a canned food drive. They also painted the murals that brighten the pantry walls.

Each year during the annual Girl Scout cookie sale, the girls actively promote the sale of boxes of cookies to be donated, offering their customers the opportunity to buy the cookies on behalf of the pantry. This year the troop sold 180 donated packages of delicious Girl Scout cookies to the pantry. Elise was responsible for selling 75 of those boxes. She was the troop’s top selling scout with over 350 boxes to her credit.

food bank dancerElise was presented with a bouquet of flowers and told that the community is a brighter place with her in it. “Your troop sisters and leaders are so proud of you and delighted to recognize you and your family,” said Chris.

Elise said that she volunteers with the food pantry because she likes to “help people and make them happy.”

The money from the fundraiser goes to stock the shelves for the area’s residents who need a helping hand. It is open from 10-12 on the first and last Thursday of each month and from 10-12 on Saturdays.

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.