Creston EAST Presents: Pilgrim Potluck II


Creston EAST Presents:  Pilgrim Potluck II
12/9/2009 10:31:17 AM

On November 25, 2009, members of Creston EAST classes hosted a Thanksgiving-themed gala affectionately entitled “Pilgrim Potluck II” for Creston citizens in need.

On November 25, 2009, members from the Creston EAST classes hosted a Thanksgiving-themed gala affectionately entitled "Pilgrim Potluck II" for the citizens of Creston that were in need at Creston High School. Approximately 70 people attended the event and were treated to an incredible assortment of turkey, ham, chicken, lasagna, a myriad of sides, salads and delectable desserts ranging from pies to cookies to bars and everything in between. The guests were also treated to musical performances from four Creston High School students Emily V., James K., Logan A. and Norwegian foreign exchange student Bendik K. throughout the event.

Each member of the EAST classes were responsible for bringing food items (main courses, sides, desserts, etc.) as designated by their respective classes. In addition, students made 10 lbs worth of turkey sandwiches and 15 lbs worth of peanut butter sandwiches that were sent home as a part of "care" packages to the attendees. The local Wal-Mart donated "to go" containers that EAST students used to box meals to send with people attending the event to give to others in need that weren't able to come. All of the remaining food was donated to a local church.

A new addition to this years' Pilgrim Potluck was an array of toiletry items for attendees to select from. EAST students contacted local merchants, dentists and the local hospital and were able to get donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, Kleenexes, deodorant, body spray, hand lotions, soap and shampoo.

The event began in 2008 and was the brainchild of some EAST students after learning about the number of Creston residents that were participating at the weekly "open table" offerings at local churches.

Students created and posted flyers around town and announcements were made on local radio station KSIB, in the local newspaper, The Creston News Advertiser, and on the Iowa State Savings Bank marquee.

The project also received various donations from local businesses including Hy-Vee Stores, Fareway Stores and McDonald's.

Multiple members of the EAST classes remarked how rewarding it felt to help those in need during this holiday season, especially during this harsh economic climate.


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