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6th Annual Preston’s Pantry Food Drive honors boy’s legacy of helping others

The Boyertown Area Multi-Service — a social service agency serving the Boyertown area, Amity, District, Hereford, Pike and Oley townships — will host the 6th Annual Preston’s Pantry Food Drive and Community Event on Saturday, May 4, to honor the legacy of a local boy’s passion for helping others.

“We are excited to hold this year’s event and have his legacy live on by giving to those in need,” the Boyertown Area Multi-Service stated in a release.

Activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boyertown Area Multi-Service at 200 West Spring St., Boyertown.

Admission is free, but everyone attending is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Preston’s Pantry.

In addition to collecting non-perishable food donations at the event, there will be a variety of activities. The community event will include music, food trucks, bounce houses, a dunk tank, face painting, balloon animals, rock painting, petting zoo and more.

T-shirts will be available for sale and there will also be a basket raffle where all proceeds will be used to support the Pantry’s efforts to combat food insecurity in its service area.

“The staff at Boyertown Area Multi-Service and Preston’s Pantry Project committee members are looking forward to a fun community event,” stated the social service agency. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we can without the help and support of our amazing community.”

In May 2018, when Preston was 8 years old, he ran a food drive for a school project and collected 45 pounds of food.

“His passion for helping others in this community touched our hearts when we delivered his donation to the Multi-Service facility,” the Multi-Service stated.

The agency said it truly shows an act of kindness, no matter how small, can go a long way.

“Our Food Pantry staff, volunteers and community are still seeing the impact that Preston has made and in return we continue to strive to keep his legacy alive,” stated the agency. “Preston’s kindness has brought awareness to our community and especially youth in our area.”

Since opening its doors in 1973, the food pantry has seen a progressive increase in its service to the community, even more during these pressing times.

To date, the Pantry is serving 386 households, 1,062 individuals, with food assistance to those who currently do not have the financial means to meet their nutritional needs.

For all the updated details, find the 6th Annual Preston’s Pantry Food Drive and Community Event on Facebook.

The Boyertown Area Multi-Service is a social service agency dedicated to meeting needs and improving the lives of people in the Boyertown School District Area and surrounding communities of Amity, District, Hereford, Pike and Oley townships. The agency also operates the Rickett’s Center in Pottstown and Center at Spring Street.

Preston’s Pantry Project is a group of community members who came together to honor a community service project Preston started and to continue his selfless contribution to helping others in need. The Project was created to carry on Preston’s legacy and in memory of him, his mother Pamela and unborn sister, Evelynn.

Source: Berkshire mont

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