Officials with South Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters took to the roads recently, dropping off goodie bags full of fresh produce, along with art and other creative supplies, to more than three dozen of their youth program participants.
"It was a long hike, but we managed to get it done," Danielle Wile, the local charity's event coordinator, told LighthouseNOW.
Wile, along with mentor coordinator, Alix Thorguard, and another board member, spent a day in April in separate vehicles going to various locations in Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties delivering 38 packages. One bag contained craft supplies, school-related activities, and printable sheets; the other had bananas, carrots, cucumbers, potatoes and oranges.
All of it was made available thanks, in part, to Lunenburg County's United Way, which chipped in a four-figure grant. Chester Building Supplies donated reusable bags, while Indian Garden Farms in Hebbville provided a reduced rate on its fruits and vegetables.
"We made sure we stretched every dollar," Wile told LighthouseNOW.
The drop-off's, done largely by surprise, was a way the child and youth services charity could show their work is continuing and community support remains strong.
"We wanted to make sure everyone was still engaging in some type of activity to keep their minds going," Wile added.
South Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters' matches volunteers with kids, age six to 16, for the benefit of a positive and safe mentoring relationship.
"Our mentors and 'littles' are still communicating through virtual technology" or via telephone, Wile said.
Within hours of the packages arriving at respective homes, Wile said it didn't take long for the kids to reach out with their appreciation.
"By that evening, we were getting pictures of artwork," she said, noting the kids were "thankful we are part of their lives."