CENTENARY — Gallia Academy Leo Club members have donated time to help pack special snack packs called blessing bundles.
Guiding Hand School, which helps students with developmental disabilities learn and grow, reached out to Leo advisor Sandra Mayes to help pack the blessing bundles for Guiding Hand students.
The program is separate from the Gallia County Snack Pack Program, which passes out several hundred snack packs on the fourth weekend of the month in multiple schools. This program, which is funded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health, provides the blessing bundles on the other weekends to nearly all of the schools in the county.
The Gallia County Health Department coordinates the program locally, managing the financial aspects and purchasing and coordinating schools with volunteers. According to Jill Cox with the health department, the only requirement for a student to receive a blessing bundle is to be on the reduced or free lunch program at their school.
“We are using grant money from ODH through our maternal and child health program,” said Cox. “It is a supplemental food program that we can serve kids in our county.”
“It’s more than checking a box on a list. I enjoy doing this,” said Derek Henry, Leo Club member. “I joined Leo club because for the past two years I’ve done community service with Mrs. Mayes, and when she started Leo Club I decided to join.”
Students from Leo club work together to serve the community. Their mission statement is “We will do more this school year in the form of volunteerism for our county to support local activities and community involvement.”
Since Leo Club began in September, members have been involved in over 18 different events focused on community service, and have multiple events planed in the coming weeks.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.