Heir Force students donate food to Neighborhood Relief store
LIMA – Heir Force Community School on Tuesday donated more than 10,000 cans and other non-perishable items to the Neighborhood Relief Thrift Store, which provides emergency food boxes and meals to families in crisis.
The community school’s annual food drive raised more than 50,000 donations from Heir Force student families to support entities such as the West Ohio Food Bank, Our Daily Bread and local church groups in previous years .
This year, Heir Force students focused their charitable efforts to help Neighborhood Relief, located on Elida Road, so the thrift store can continue to provide food to families in an emergency.
The store sells used furniture, toys, books and other household items, while emergency food boxes are also available for families referred to Neighborhood Relief for help. The boxes usually contain enough food to feed a family for a week, said Heather Roznowski, who owns the store with her husband, David.
“We always ask: could you use a box of food? And more and more (often) the answer is yes, please, ”Roznowski said.
The gift of Heir Force also arrived just in time. Everyday non-perishable items were harder to find at the West Ohio Food Bank, Roznowksi said, “So that’s a huge blessing to us.”
For students, the annual food drives at Heir Force are an opportunity to support their neighbors and learn the value of charity in the midst of a time of great need.
“There are a lot of bad things going on and families are struggling in this crisis,” said Isaac Grundisch, an eighth grade student at Heir Force. “It’s just a good thing to support. “
Deanna Callahan, another Heir Force student, added: “We can help people with the smallest things and make an impact.”
Students from Heir Force Community School in Lima donated more than 10,000 cans and other non-perishable items Tuesday to the Neighborhood Relief thrift store, located on Elida Road in Lima. It was part of the school’s annual holiday food drive.
Dr Willie Heggins, left, stands with the eighth grade class at Heir Force Community School on Tuesday.
Students at Heir Force Community School carry items to put in emergency food boxes on Tuesday.