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Connestee Falls Residents Sponsor Food Drive


Last updated 5/20/2020 at 5:07pm

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Volunteers at the pavilion give a sign of hope and compassion before loading up trucks with donated items.

Connestee Falls is a giving community and on May 2 that fact was shown in a tangible way. Two weeks earlier, an idea was posed on a local Brevard Facebook page by Connestee resident Jane DuBois asking if a food drive could be a possibility. Within minutes two other Connestee residents, Cathy Oliver and Beth Ann Chiles, responded that they wanted to join in the effort.

Within two weeks an event was planned and executed that would allow Connestee Falls residents a safe way to help others in the Brevard community and beyond. Pack the Pavilion, held at Lake Atagahi Park, was a huge success. Residents were able to drive up to the pavilion for a contact-free delivery of their donated canned goods, paper products, cleaning items and baby supplies. What started as a potentially small endeavor ended up being a hugely successful event.

As residents drove by, volunteers offloaded the donations, checks, cash and exchanged smiles behind masks, but the emotions were real. Residents just wanted to do something, anything, and this allowed each person a safe way to do just that.

The quantity of donations exceeded the dreams of the organizers and of the charities that would receive the items.

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Volunteers wore shirts expressing their requests.

At the end of the four hours the pavilion was indeed packed. Volunteers boxed and bagged up donations and split them up between the Sharing House and Bread of Life. Along with the actual canned goods there was also a very generous cash donation made to both places that will help them in their ministries.

Sharing House alone received more than 2,140 pounds of donated items.

The committee and their spouses, along with other volunteers, worked to make a simple idea blossom into a truly beautiful thing.

In this time of uncertainty it is clear that the residents of Connestee Falls are truly willing to go above and beyond to support their community.


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