Student Canned Food Drive: Garnet Waldrop made a major contribution to St. Felix Pantry
People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to contribute what they can to assist St. Felix Pantry in our mission to provide for our neighbors. Recently a younger member of the community gave a big boost to our ongoing canned food drive. With the help of General Mills, sixth-grader Garnet Waldrop gathered 370 pounds of food for the pantry on Friday, August 4.
Charitable giving is nothing new for Waldrop as she started collecting unused personal hygiene products from local hotels to distribute to those in need back in 2010, when she was just five years old. Seven years later, her organization, named Ray of Sunshine, supplies care bags to Kaseman Presbyterian Hospital and Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless.
Waldrop’s selflessness extends beyond care packages and into helping out St. Felix’s whenever she can.
“My mom took me to see St. Felix when I was in first grade,” Waldrop said. “She explained why it was needed in our community and why we needed to donate food and clothing. Since then, I have donated the clothes that I have outgrown throughout the year. I also donated my play kitchen, bike and other gently used toys to the toy drive.”
Having just started junior high, her new classmates haven’t learned of her work with Ray of Sunshine yet, but in years past, her peers have contributed to her efforts.
“My old school, Sandia Vista Elementary, was very supportive with my different drives,” Waldrop said. “They really got behind my peanut butter, jelly and bread drive for St. Felix last year. The kids at school thought it was cool. My dance friends at Celtic Steps Irish Dance and my Cinderella Pageant friends have donated to different drives and are supportive.”
Waldrop is always looking for donations of unused soaps and shampoos from hotels and in the fall she collects fleece to sew hats and scarves for the homeless during the winter. Anyone looking to donate to these causes can visit her Facebook page.