Back on December 1st a group of students of all ages, along with members of the community, gathered to put together a dozen care packages for service men and women stationed overseas. The event was part of KP Cares, a community service organization at the King Philip Regional High School, which hopes to engage the community in service projects and spread awareness about being an active member of the community.
The event was organized by KP students Megan Connor and Rachel Palumbo. They recruited 6th graders from the Freeman Kennedy Elementary School in Norfolk, their teacher Mr. Cavanaugh, State Representative Dan Winslow and his son Peter. Connor's father Brian and Palumbo's father Jeff also helped along with members of the KP Cares club. "The event was an incredible
success as all the volunteers worked in teams of three to four to complete one package per team," explained Palumbo.
The teams were comprised of two or three sixth graders and a teenager/adult who served as an adviser. Each team had to collect a list of items that was written down on a sheet for them and they then had to organize the items by similarity and package them in the box they were given. Each box was garnished with a letter and a bow that said "this package was packaged by" and the packers' signatures.
Connor and Palumbo supervised the 90 minute event and made sure everything ran smoothly "The volunteers were incredible and we owe them our thanks," Palumbo. "The event would have been unsuccessful without their enthusiasm to help."
In January, Connor and Palumbo hope to expand the number of volunteers and create more packages. To make a donation to help continue the effort, checks can be made out in name of KP Cares to the King Philip High School: 201 Franklin St., Wrentham, MA 02093. To find out more about their efforts, people can visit the group's web site. To be a part of the next packing party, people can contact them at Kpcarespackages@gmail.com.