First Steps Makes Homemade Meals for Evacuees

Posted On Thursday November 25, 2021

Staff and student volunteers from SD73’s First Steps program prepared and delivered 140 servings of chili to Merritt evacuees at Pineridge Elementary on Monday.

“The idea came out of a discussion with our Vice Principal Dyan Gunnlaugson, as we are always looking for leadership opportunities for our First Steps students in the community,” said Cheyenne Kennedy, First Steps teacher. “Over the years, our program and students have received a great deal of support from the community and we are always looking for ways to say thank you. This seemed like a perfect opportunity.”

With help from the Kamloops Food Bank who graciously donated beans, onions, celery, and buns, the volunteer group was able to deliver containers of chili, buns, and apple juice to those affected by the recent floods.

In addition to meal prep, First Steps students, comprised of mothers, or expectant mothers, ages fourteen to twenty-four years old looking to pursue graduation, also volunteered their time by helping organize the influx of donations at the Pineridge gym.

“We also connected with an evacuee who had two teenagers that were looking for school supplies,” said Kennedy. “We invited them to our class and let them raid our cupboards. They were very grateful.”

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