Service Spotlight: Molloy College

14 Aug

This Service Spotlight goes to three Molloy College Circle K members.  

Three Molloy College Circle K members had the honor of volunteering at the 5th annual Back to School Store hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women. Due to a generous donation, the store outgrew its previous location and was able to help over 1000 children this year. Each child entered the premises with a parent, was given a matching name tag, and was paired up with a personal shopper. Soon after, the parents were separated from the child and led to a community fair as the children were led to the school store. The store was impeccably organized with an unbelievable quantity of merchandise to choose from with fitting rooms and  mirrors set up all around. Volunteers were organized by colored aprons as  personal shoppers, department attendants, and runners (to name a few). Each child picked out a bag which they personally filled with a new pair of shoes, socks, a winter coat, a hat, a pair of gloves, a week’s supply of underwear, a pair of pants, a shirt, a hoodie, a pair of pajamas, a stuffed animal, a book, a school bag filled with supplies, a tooth brush, tooth paste, and a free happy meal certificate. The children who came in the morning had the opportunity to meet the volunteer firefighters and see the fire trucks in the parking lot, as well.

Stephanie Danisi, Molloy CKI Vice President, shares a snapshot of her experience:

I personally had the pleasure of watching a five year old change from crying while leaving her mom to happily skipping around the store in her light up sneakers, a little boy leave the store wearing his winter gloves because he was so excited (it was 85 degrees out), a fifth grader strut her stuff after finding a pair of pants that made her feel amazing, and a five year old who popped out of the fitting room like a boss all decked out in his new outfit from head to toe. The day might have been exhausting, but the warmth we all received from the children made it worth it. “ – Stephanie Danisi 

Way to go Circle K’ers, and all other volunteers that made the event a huge success!