Snack packs of encouragement donation drive is a success

Published: Apr. 3, 2020 at 5:31 PM EDT
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Many people from the community came out Saturday to donate snack packs to local medical staff.

"It's been amazing, its been really amazing, we had drop offs at both Victoria's and Da Vinci's at Da Vinci's we were asking people to bring it in to the store and they did," said Chris Bender, Da Vinci's, owner. "The local girl scouts brought their extra cookies which was nice for them to even think about the health care workers and what they could do with their leftovers."

Organizers collected 1300 snack packs and will be delivering them to hospitals and medical facilities on Monday.

A group of small businesses including Belair's Bistro and Catering in Belpre, Sugar Maple Boutique in Marietta, and Da Vinci's in Williamstown have teamed up with Gift Gallery of Vienna to encourage the community to donate snack packs for local healthcare workers.

The Snack Packs of Encouragement donation drive will be held this Saturday from 12 to 4 P.M. at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna.

Community members are encouraged to bring clear zip lock bags filled with items like water, snacks, candy and a letter of encouragement and thanks.

Acceptable items include bottled water, pop, prepackaged snacks, candy, gum and hand lotion. Homemade food will not be accepted.

"Whenever you think about a crisis and you think about what these people are going through there on the front line and you think how can I help," said Victoria West, Owner of the Gift Gallery. "Food always helps and art always helps. That’s how the snack packs of encouragement came about. What can we do and I thought lets put snacks together and have some kids throw some art or cards or crafts inside of it. So they know we are there and we are thinking about them."

The snack packs will be delivered to healthcare workers on Monday.