Students and faculty at Worcester Preparatory School have been busy elves this holiday season giving back to the community with choral concerts for the elderly and multiple food and toy drives for local families in need.
To help make the holidays a little warmer for those less fortunate in the community, Worcester Prep’s Student Government Association and National Honor Society sponsored a pajama drive for the Pajama Program Eastern Shore Chapter. Upper School students collected more than 200 pairs of pajamas to be distributed in the tri-county area.
Lower School students from preschool through fifth grade eagerly lined up to visit with Santa and give gifts to those in need at Diakonia. Hundreds of gifts were donated to Diakonia’s two homeless shelters in West Ocean City, Md., which provide emergency and transitional housing, food services and counseling for their guests.
The entire school collected canned goods, nonperishable foods and monetary donations to purchase meat products for the annual food drive sponsored by the WPS Student Government Association. Students sorted canned goods into bags for delivery to seven distribution centers in Maryland and Delaware that feed those in need during the holiday season. The following organizations will receive and distribute the food collected: Diakonia Inc., Ocean City, Md; Atlantic United Methodist Church, Ocean City; The Joseph House, Salisbury, Md.; Delaware Food Bank, Milford; Berlin First Baptist Church, Berlin, Md.; Stevenson United Methodist Church Spirit Kitchen, Berlin; and Seaford Community Food Closet, Seaford.
Worcester Prep volunteers sponsored a gift drive to collect presents for Worcester County Giving Other Lives Dignity, a nonprofit organization that provides financial aid to families in crisis, vulnerable adults, and children in foster care.