Story and photos by BJ Greco

pic2 picFor the 15th consecutive year, staff and students at William O. Schaefer showed their huge community spirit to the Meals on Wheels Program by once again preparing “Blizzard Boxes” (formally called Covered Cupboards), for distribution to the elderly in the local community. Spearheading the entire Schaefer project were Special Ed teachers, Mrs. Elizabeth Barsanti, Mrs. Heidi Hill, and Mrs. Caralyn Cosgrove. This year, 286 boxes were packed up, and decorated by students. They are filled with non-perishable food items which is delivered to Rockland’s elderly and homebound so that during the winter months, if a hot meal delivery is hampered by weather or any other emergency, recipients will not go hungry. The Meals on Wheels Program relies on many volunteers to cook and deliver the meals to the elderly in the community. A bad winter’s day or other emergency might not allow safe delivery to some or all recipients. Meals on Wheels spokesperson Sharon Martini gave the assembled group of students heartfelt thanks from the “Grandmas and Grandpas who benefit from their voluntary acts of kindness.”

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