provided to Santiva Chronicle
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Dozens of residents at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers recently came together to assemble and distribute school supplies to hundreds of children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees.
Over a three-day period, dedicated resident volunteers assembled 725 bags of school supplies, brimming with 24 essential items including spiral notebooks, pocket folders, a pencil bag, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, a pencil sharpener, scissors, a ruler, glue sticks and, due to the current pandemic, a face mask. Volunteers handed out school supplies to Shell Point staff via drive-thru pick up.
Shell Point residents have donated school supplies to the families of Shell Point employees each summer for the past 15 years. Shell Point resident volunteers David and Carol Krafft have led the program for the last three or four years, and despite the current pandemic and the uncertainty of what the upcoming school year would bring, residents once again provided this generous gift.
“The employees do so much for us. This is a wonderful way for all of us to show the employees how much we care about them and their families,” said David Krafft. “Shell Point residents donate money toward the purchase of the school supplies and then a team of volunteers assemble the bags, which are distributed to all employees who have children or grandchildren in kindergarten through fifth grade.”
“Shell Point is home to approximately 2,500 residents and employs more than 1,100 employees,” said Jim Clark, director of employee ministry for Shell Point. “We know that residents want to show employees how much they care in a tangible way. These bags provide a helpful back-to-school boost for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees. I know the employees who receive them are incredibly grateful.”