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Clay Electric Foundation Awards $9,000 Grant to Magnolia Point Women’s Club
 To Feed Hungry Children on Weekends

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL. (July, 2017) — The Magnolia Point Women’s Club (MPWC) received a $9,000 grant from Clay Electric Foundation that will feed 90 children for a full school year!  The former Blessings in a Backpack program at the Charles E.  Bennett Elementary School (CEB) is now named Maggie’s Meals.  Every weekend, children across Clay County go hungry. Maggie’s Meals is the MPWC program designed to feed hungry children at CEB that faculty has identified as being "constantly hungry." This is one of the charitable projects under the Women’s Club umbrella of Magnolia Cares. The weekend food includes nutritious, easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal that will feed one child over the weekend. Maggie’s Meals also sends home food for their siblings. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.

“Without Clay Electric and its customers’ generous donations to our Maggie's Meals Food Program, we would not be able to provide weekend meals to impoverished children.  This money will help bring nourishment to 90 of our 160 children at the Charles E. Bennett Elementary School. We at Magnolia Cares wholeheartedly thank you,” said Grace Barber, president, Magnolia Point Women’s Club.

Since 2001, The Magnolia Point Women’s Club has given $362,081 to those in need, primarily in Green Cove Springs and Clay County.  Its initiatives include assistance to children whose family income is below the poverty level at the Charles E. Bennett Elementary School (more than 90% of the students) and awarding scholarships to young women at Clay High School. Since the inception 5 years ago of their weekend food project, currently named Maggie’s Meals, MPWC has raised $58,000 in pledges from members along with corporate sponsors, Winn-Dixie Foundation, Encore, Comcast, Elks Lodge BPOE #1892, Paul & Klare Reinhold Foundation, Publix Super Market Charities, Communities in Schools of Northeast Florida (CISNEF),  Walmart and Clay Electric.  The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming with contributions of food from Waste Not Want Not and KeyImpact Sales and Systems. But, most of all, the success of the program is due to the willingness of volunteers from the Women’s Club who show up every Friday to pack bags for the children.

There are still a lot of children to feed in Clay County, a lot more than most people realize.  Currently, MPWC through Maggie’s Meals, is feeding about 160 children at CEB and the Green Cove Springs Junior High.  For more information or to donate, visit www.mpwc.org.

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From left to right Nancy Nettuno, Grants Chairman, MPWC
Pam Brame, Chairman Maggie’s Meals, MPWC
Steve Hollingsworth, Clay Electric, representing the Clay Electric Foundation
Grace Barber, President MPWC

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Ten Clay High School Students Receive Scholarships From
Magnolia Point Women’s Club
Not-For-Profit Organization has Contributed $83,250 in Scholarships to Clay High School Students

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL. (June, 2017) — On June 14, Thresa Oliverio, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee at the Magnolia Point Women’s Club (MPWC),  presented $10,000 in scholarships to 10 Clay High School students. The MPWC has awarded a total of $83,250 in college scholarships to 80 deserving young women in Clay County since the scholarship program was established in 2003.

The scholarship is open to all Clay High School young ladies who plan to attend a 4-year college, getting their AA, a vocational school or any technical school. The recipients are selected by the MPWC Scholarship Committee who judge the students based on need, community involvement, school involvement, personal statement, grades and test scores. Also taken into consideration are reference letters and their interview with the Scholarship Committee.

Cheryl Nix, Director of Guidance from Clay High School said, “MPWC is the most generous organization that I have encountered as a guidance counselor.  The many scholarships they have given far surpass larger, nationally known organizations.  The ladies genuinely care about the young people in our community.  Without the scholarships, many young ladies would not have sufficient funds to attend post-secondary institutions.”

2017 Scholarship Recipients:

  • Hannah Altman
  • Kristyn Edenfield
  • Sydney Fortinberry
  • Amber Marie Frill
  • Laura Palmo
  • Marie-Laurence Plante
  • Elisabeta Smith
  • Virginia (Ginny) Stephens
  • Autumn Paige Underwood
  • Elizabeth Williamson

Magnolia Point Women’s Club has given $362,081 to those in need, primarily in Green Cove Springs and Clay County.  Its initiatives include assistance to children whose family income is below the poverty level at Charles E. Bennett Elementary School (more than 90% of the students) and awarding scholarships to young women at Clay High School. For its Blessings in a Backpack program they have raised $58,000 in pledges from members along with corporate sponsors, Winn-Dixie Foundation, Encore, Comcast, Elks Lodge BPOE #1892, Paul & Klare Reinhold Foundation, Publix Super Market Charities, Communities in Schools of Northeast Florida (CISNEF) and Clay Electric.  The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming with contributions of food from Waste Not Want Not, KeyImpact Sales and Systems and Walmart. 


MPWC 2017 Scholarship Winners

From left to right, Sydney Fortinberry, Hannah Altman, Marie-Laurence Plante, Elizabeth Williamson, Ginny Stephens. Not pictured, Kristyn Edenfield, Amber Marie Frill, Laura Palmo, Elisabeta Smith, Autumn Paige Underwood.

 

For more information or to donate, visit www.mpwc.org

 

 

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Clay Today Good deeds 5/4/17

Hunger doesn't take a break
GREEN COVE SPRINGS - For the fifth year in a row, employees of Comcast helped pack food donations for Blessings in a Backpack at Charles E. Bennett Elementary School. On April 22, during Comcast Cares Day, volunteers packed more than 200 bags full of food donated by Comcast. Blessings in a Backpack, with national headquarters in Louisville, Ky., provides weekend meals to students so they can focus on homework and not have to worry where their next meal is coming from. Backpacks include nutritious, easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, a breakfast drink, mac and cheese and oatmeal. Blessings in a Backpack is sponsored by the Magnolia Point Women's Club.

MPWC Charities Presents
Arts & Crafts Holiday Boutique

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL. (October, 2016) — The Magnolia Point Women’s Club (MPWC) will hold its annual Arts and Crafts Holiday Boutique on Monday, November 14 from 10am-3:30pm at the Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club, 3670 Clubhouse Drive, Green Cove Springs. This event is open to the public - the front gate will be open for those who wish to attend. There will be many unique vendors, raffle baskets with a variety of prizes, a silent auction (4 Disney World One-day Parkhopper passes) and door prizes with lots of surprises. Bring your friends and do your holiday shopping! A special ‘Thank You’ goes to our 22 donors that include, Disney World, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Panera Bread. Proceeds from the Boutique will benefit the underprivileged in Green Cove Springs and Clay County.


With nearly 270 members, the MPWC, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is driven and enriched by a strong philanthropic purpose. MPWC initiatives include assistance to children whose family income is below the poverty level at the Charles E. Bennett Elementary School (90% of the students) with their Blessings in a Backpack program. Another initiative is by awarding scholarships to financially challenged young women at Clay High School. In addition, since 2001 the Magnolia Point Women’s Club has given over $129,000 to the Charles E. Bennett School for spring clothing, back-to-school clothing, holiday clothing and gifts, health items, the Clothes Closet, and family assistance. MPWC has awarded educational scholarships to the community in the amount of $72,750. In total, MPWC has given nearly $330,000 to those in need, primarily in Green Cove Springs and Clay County. 

The Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) program, sponsored by MPWC, provides weekend food during the school year to students who are identified by the school as being hungry on Monday morning.  One bag is packed for the student as well as for all siblings in the home. There are several BIB locations in Duval County but Charles E. Bennett Elementary School and Clay Jr. High are still the only schools with this program in Clay County.  Currently, MPWC through BIB is feeding about 140 children.

Magnolia Point Women’s Club raised $59,000 in pledges for BIB from members along with corporate sponsors, Winn-Dixie, Encore, Comcast, Elks Lodge BPOE #1892 and Community in Schools of Northeast Florida. The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming with contributions of food from Waste Not Want Not, KeyImpact Sales and Systems and Walmart. But, most of all, the success of the BIB program is due to the willingness of volunteers from the Women’s Club who show up every Friday to pack bags for the children.

For more information or to donate, visit or www.mpwc.org

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Green Cove Springs Mayor Pamela Lewis
 Joins Volunteers to Stuff Bags for Local Children

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL. (Sept. 15, 2016) — The National Blessings in a Backpack Day was celebrated with Green Cove Springs Mayor Pam Lewis by packing weekend food for impoverished children at the Charles E. Bennett Elementary School (CEB). She was joined by Van Royal, Green Cove Springs Council Member, Shelley Lester, Principal, Charles E. Bennett Elementary School, Sandy Waldrup, President, Magnolia Point Women’s Club (MPWC), and Cheryle Newman, Chairman, Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) for the Magnolia Point Women’s Club. They were also joined by volunteers from the MPWC who pack bags every Friday.  This elite team packed over 124 bags full of food!

“Green Cove Springs is a close knit community that has always helped each other. BIB brings people in our community together by helping families that need a hand up when raising young children. It is an honor for me to be a part of this wonderful organization,” said Mayor Pam Lewis.

This backpack stuffing event was just one of many taking place throughout the country to raise awareness of the importance of addressing childhood hunger. The United States Conference of Mayors passed a resolution declaring Thursday, September 15, 2016 "Blessings in a Backpack Day." Last year, mayors across the country (in 55 cities and more than 20 states) joined forces to highlight the work Blessings in a Backpack is doing to combat hunger in America.

This is the 5th year of Blessings in a Backpack at the Charles E. Bennett Elementary School. This program was started in 2012 at the request of CEB faculty who identified 90 of the 800+ children enrolled there as “constantly hungry.” There are 26 elementary and 6 junior high schools in Clay County. BIB at CEB is the only Blessings in a Backpack program in Clay County.

Blessings in a Backpack is sponsored by the Magnolia Point Women’s Club located in Green Cove Springs. It is through the willingness of volunteers from the Women’s Club who show up every Friday to pack bags for the children that make the difference. Along with the Charles E. Bennett School, Blessings in a Backpack is serving Green Cove Springs Junior High students for the fifth year.

There are still a lot of needy children to feed in Clay County. For more information visit www.mpwc.org or to donate visit blessingsinabackpack.org and designate Charles E. Bennett Elementary School as the recipient. 


 

Media Contact • Marilyn Cole • PR for BIB, Magnolia Point Women’s Club • mcole1042@comcast.net  •  (904) 531-9674

Magnolia Point Women’s Club Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Community Service
Not-For-Profit Organization has Contributed $300,000 to
Those in Need in Clay County

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL. (March, 2016) — The Magnolia Point Women’s Club (MPWC) celebrated its 15th anniversary at their monthly meeting March 9, 2016.  The organization was started in April 2001 as the vision of five women who wanted to focus on common interests, friendship, socialization and support of the community.  Two of the original founders, Kathie Cardon and Barbara Szymanski, spoke about the beginning and how far MPWC has come in 15 years.  With nearly 270 members, the MPWC, now a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is driven and enriched by a strong philanthropic purpose.  They have given nearly $300,000 to those in need, primarily in Green Cove Springs and Clay County.  Their initiatives include assistance to children whose family income is below the poverty level at Charles E. Bennett Elementary School (90% of the students) and awarding scholarships to financially challenged young women at Clay High School.

The Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) program, sponsored by MPWC, provides weekend food during the school year to students who are identified by the school as being hungry on Monday morning.  One bag is packed for the student as well as all siblings in the home.  There are several BIB locations in Duval County but Charles E. Bennett Elementary School and Clay Jr. High are still the only schools with this program in Clay County.  Currently, MPWC through BIB is feeding about 140 children.

Magnolia Point Women’s Club raised $23,000 in pledges for BIB from members along with corporate sponsors, Winn-Dixie, Encore, Comcast, Elks Lodge BPOE #1892 and Community in Schools of Northeast Florida.  The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming with contributions of food from Waste Not Want Not, KeyImpact Sales and Systems and Walmart.  But, most of all, the success of the BIB program is due to the willingness of volunteers from the Women’s Club who show up every Friday to pack bags for the children.

In addition to Blessings in a Backpack, since 2001 the Magnolia Point Women’s Club has given $105,814 to the Charles E. Bennett School for spring clothing, back-to-school clothing, holiday clothing and gifts, health items, Clothes Closet, and family assistance.   MPWC has also awarded educational scholarships to the community in the amount of $63,750.

This is, indeed, a remarkable group of ladies!  The following has been quoted before but is so appropriate for the Magnolia Point Women’s Club.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

For more information or to donate, visit or www.mpwc.org or www.blessingsinabackpack.org.

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Two of the original five founders of the Magnolia Point Women’s Club, Barbara Szymanski and Kathie Cardon, reviewed the history at the 15th Anniversary Celebration on March 9, 2016.


Blessings in a Backpack receives grant from Winn-Dixie

By For Clay Sun Fri, Jan 22, 2016 @ 2:37 pm

GREEN COVE SPRINGS | Blessings in a Backpack at the Charles E. Bennett Elementary School in Clay County has received a $9,400 grant from the Winn-Dixie Foundation. This will enable the program to feed 94 children for an entire school year.

Through the Magnolia Point Women’s Club, Winn-Dixie has been a dedicated partner of the Blessings in a Backpack program for the past three years.

“Thank you Winn-Dixie for your generous support. Because of you, we have made a big impact on the lives of these children,” said Eloise Burman, president, Magnolia Point Women’s Club.

Winn-Dixie has a rich history of supporting its neighborhoods and communities through foundation supported charitable grants and programs. The company’s associates don’t just work in the stores; they live in these neighborhoods and are passionate about building stronger, healthier communities.

One out of five children in Florida does not know where their next meal will come from. This grant will help provide weekend food so that the children can maintain healthy minds and bodies to thrive in the classroom. Every dollar will go directly to help fill backpacks with nutritious food.

“Who would have thought we would be assisting 138 children with food insecurity each week, with approximately eight to 10 items to help them get through the weekend,” said Cheryle Newman, the club’s co-chair for the Blessings in a Backpack program.

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Blessings in a Backpack is sponsored by MPWC, located in Green Cove Springs. There are several BIB locations in Duval County, but Charles E. Bennett Elementary is the only school with this program in Clay County. BIB also serves students from Green Cove Springs Junior High.

Every weekend, children across the country go hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat. Blessings in a Backpack, People Magazine’s Charity of 2012, is a results-oriented program that is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no food on the weekends. The Backpack food includes nutritious, easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal.

For more information or to donate, visit blessingsinabackpack.org or send a message tompwomensclub@aol.com.

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CLAY TODAY AUGUST 27 2015

Blessings in a Backpack enters fourth year

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Members of the Magnolia Point Women’s Club are making sure students at Charles E. Bennett Elementary School and Green Cove Springs Junior High don’t go hungry on the weekend for the fourth school year in a row. The club is a member of the national program called Blessings in a Backpack, which provides less fortunate kids with weekend meals so they don’t have to go hungry and can focus on being a good student. The only Blessings in a Backpack program in Clay County, the program feeds about 145 local children weekly and more than 72,000 in 44 states. Backpacks include easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, instant macaroni and oatmeal. The Women’s Club raised $23,000 in pledges from members along with corporate sponsors, Bi-Lo Holdings, Encore, Comcast, Elks Lodge BPOE No. 1892 and Community in Schools of Northeast Florida. For more information or to donate, visit or www.mpwc.org orwww.blessingsinabackpack.org.


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Blessings in a Backpack at the Charles E. Bennett School Receives
Donation from Comcast to feed 200 Children in Need

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL. (May 2015) —The third season of Blessings in a Backpack at the Charles E. Bennett School in Clay County will have their final packing of the school year on May 29, 2015. At that time, students will receive 200 bags full of food donated by Comcast.  The Backpack food includes nutritious, easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal. 

“Comcast has been a partner every year since we started this very worthy project and we can’t thank them enough for their generous support,” said Eloise Burman, President, Magnolia Point Women’s Club. “Special thanks go to Bill Ferry, Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Comcast in North Florida for caring enough to remember the children.”  

Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) is sponsored by the Magnolia Point Women’s Club (MPWC) located in Green Cove Springs.  There are several BIB locations in Duval County but Charles E. Bennett Elementary (CEB) is the only school with this program in Clay County.  Along with the Charles E. Bennett School, Blessings in a Backpack also serves Green Cove Springs Junior High students.

Every weekend, children across the country go hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat.  Blessings in a Backpack, People Magazine’s Charity of 2012, is a results-oriented program that is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no food on the weekends.  Shelley Lester, Principal, Charles E. Bennett Elementary School recently reported, "No student receiving BIB has less than 90% attendance for this school year. Students in grades 1-6 who received BIB last year: 81% made academic gains on either state or district assessments."   Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 72,000 children in 800 schools across 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.  We are Feeding the Future of America® - one school at a time.

Magnolia Point Women’s Club raised $23,000 in pledges from members along with corporate sponsors, Bi-Lo Holdings, Encore, Comcast, Elks Lodge BPOE #1892 and Community in Schools of Northeast Florida.  The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming with contributions of food from Waste Not Want Not, KeyImpact Sales and Systems and Wal-Mart.  But, most of all, the success of the BIB program is due to the willingness of volunteers from the Women’s Club who show up every Friday to pack bags for the children.

Currently, MPWC through BIB is feeding about 145 children.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

For more information or to donate, visit  blessingsinabackpack.org or mpwomensclub@aol.com.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fall 2013
By TeAna Williams

Correspondent

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – While many U.S. shoppers looked forward to the infamous shopping day known as Black Friday, a group of Clay County craft makers were getting ready for a sale of their own.

The Magnolia Point Women’s Club Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Boutique drew 39 vendors – including 16 new ones – to the The Elks Lodge in Green Cove Springs.

"There are some very nice crafts here, none of which I made," said Marge Viken of Green Cove Springs, who attends the boutique each year. "The vendors here are very talented."

Held Nov. 15, the boutique serves as a major fundraiser for the Women’s Club’s Blessing in a Backpack program that helps needy kids keep from being hungry during the weekend by providing a backpack full of nutritious weekend meals.

One of the youngest vendors was Caroline, who at the age of 11 is well on her way to being an entrepreneur. She and her mother, who sat behind a table filled with handcrafted, whimsical jewelry, attended

Beverly Miller was one Holiday Boutique vendor who is ready for the Christmas season.

the boutique as first time vendors.

"We just started this fall," said Dena Hiscock of Fleming Island. "This fabric is so nice we couldn’t resist." Hiscock and Kris Blackwell of Green Cove Springs are co-owners of Tidy Tots. They were also first time vendors.

Some gifts sold at the boutique, such as hats and scarves made by Challenge Enterprises’ clients and the lotions, perfumes and calendars at the Waste Not Want Not table, were sold to support local charities.

Supporting the community is one of the reasons patrons like Judy Williamson of Green Cove Springs come back each year.

"We love to support the women’s club, because they give to the charities," Williamson said.

Also for sale were hand-crafted items from the international charity, The Apparent Project, whose artisans’ guild uses discarded materials to create "upcycled" pieces of jewelry, journals and home decor.

The end result is self-suffi ciency and jobs for Haitian families.

"It is so amazing what people can make out of what so many of us would consider trash," said Marilyn Cole, co-chair of Blessings in a Backpack.

Her table was filled with handcrafted jewelry and Christmas ornaments. Some of the items had tags with pictures of the artisans and their stories.

"The beads are made out of recycled paper products, clay and stones. Many of the Christmas ornaments were made of oil drums as well as some pendants on the jewelry," Cole said.

All of the boutique vendors support Magnolia Point Women’s Club Charities, such as Blessings in a Backpack through their table fee and by donating items for the event raffl e. The Magnolia Point Women’s Club partnered with local businesses to promote the event and support the vendors.

"Chik-fil-a provided breakfast sandwiches for all of the vendors and Allegro provided a shuttle to move the vendor’s cars out of the parking lot," said event cochair Coral Nettuno. "You owe it to the vendors to get the people."

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Green Cove Springs Mayor, Vice-Mayor and City Council Members
Join Volunteers to Stuff Bags for Local Youth


Through Blessings in a Backpack, Volunteers Provide Food for Students at
Charles E. Bennett Elementary School and Green Cove Springs Junior High
For 38 Weekends Throughout the School Year

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL. (September 27, 2013) — What a team! The only Blessings in a Backpack program in Clay County celebrated Hunger Action Month with Mayor Mitch Timberlake, Vice-Mayor Felecia Hampshire, Councilman Ray Braly and Councilman Van Royal packing weekend food for impoverished children. They were joined by Shirley Orvosh, President, Magnolia Point Women’s Club, Paul Orvosh, Treasurer & PER, Elks Lodge BPOE #1892, along with volunteers from the Magnolia Point Women’s Club. This elite team packed 113 bags full of food for students this week at the Charles E. Bennett Elementary School and Green Cove Springs Junior High. The Blessings in a Backpack program is for children who qualify for the federally-funded National School Lunch Program and have also been identified as needing food for the weekend.

"Blessings in a Backpack is one of the many ways the members of the Magnolia Point Women's Club are taking action. Most of us are unaware of the number of children in our own community who do not have proper food to eat. Thanks to you, 113 local children who would have gone hungry will have proper food to eat this weekend and weekends to come, “ said Mayor Mitch Timberlake.

This backpack stuffing event was just one of many taking place throughout the country this week as Blessings in a Backpack geared up for the 2013-14 school year - including an event in Washington, DC at the Department of Education headquarters. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and members of Congress were in attendance, helping stuff 1,000 backpacks to raise awareness about the importance of addressing childhood hunger and the work Blessings in a Backpack is doing across the nation to combat it.

Currently, Magnolia Point Women’s Club through Blessings in a Backpack is feeding 100+ children at Charles E. Bennett Elementary and Green Cove Springs Junior High. For more information or to donate, visit www.mpwc.org or blessingsinabackpack.org.


DISTINGUISHED GUESTS
From left to right:
Mayor Mitch Timberlake, Councilman Van Royal, Vice-Mayor Felecia Hampshire, Councilman Ray Braly, Shirley Orvosh, President, Magnolia Point Women’s Club, Paul Orvosh, Treasurer and
PER Elks Lodge BPOE #1892


ELITE TEAM
From left to right:
Councilman Van Royal, Cary Hanley, MPWC volunteer, Paula Brobeck, MPWC volunteer, Vice-Mayor Felecia Hampshire, Freda Blackmar, MPWC volunteer, Councilman Ray Braly, Mayor Mitch Timberlake, Nancy Harrison, MPWC volunteer, Shirley Orvosh, President, Magnolia Point Women’s Club,
Paul Orvosh, Treasurer and PER Elks Lodge BPOE #1892

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WORK IN PROGRESS
From left to right:
Councilman Van Royal, Vice-Mayor Felecia Hampshire, Freda Blackmar, MPWC Volunteer,
Councilman Ray Braly, Mayor Mitch Timberlake
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Blessings in a Backpack at the Charles E. Bennett School
Local Charity Starts Second Year in Clay County


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL. (August, 2013) — It’s back to school and time to start up the second season of Blessings in a Backpack in Clay County! On Friday, August 16, Blessings in a Backpack partnered with the Charles E. Bennett School (CEB) for its second season of packing food for the children on weekends.
Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) is sponsored by the Magnolia Point Women’s Club located in Green Cove Springs. There are several BIB locations in Duval County but Charles E. Bennett Elementary is the only school with this program in Clay County. “We’re excited to serve CEB for the second year and the opportunity to inform the community about who we are and what we do,” said Marilyn Cole, BIB Co-Chair.

Blessings in a Backpack, a national organization, provides the opportunity to impact the lives of impoverished elementary school children by providing them with food for the weekends. BIB food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, instant macaroni and oatmeal. Nationwide, 60,000 children are being fed at 390 schools throughout 43 states, as well as three other countries: Canada, Colombia and Haiti.

Evelyn Chastain, Principal, Charles E. Bennett Elementary School said, “The contribution of Magnolia Point Women’s Club to the students of Charles E. Bennett Elementary is the real blessing. Our role is to identify the children who could benefit from the program. Supported by several dedicated CEB volunteers who help distribute the food on Friday, this group of extraordinary women does all the rest.”

Along with the Charles E. Bennett School, Blessings in a Backpack has started serving Green Cove Springs Junior High students for the first time this year.

Magnolia Point Women Club raised $23,000 in pledges from members along with corporate sponsors, Winn Dixie, Encore, Comcast Cable and Elks Lodge BPOE #1892. The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming, with contributions of food from Waste Not Want Not, KeyImpact Sales and Systems and Wal-Mart. But, most of all, the willingness of volunteers from the Women’s Club who show up every Friday to pack bags for the children.

There are still a lot of children to feed in Clay County, a lot more than most people realize. Currently, MPWC through BIB are feeding about 100 children. For more information or to donate, visit blessingsinabackpack.org or www.mpwc.org.

 

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