Annesdale-Snowden Food and Goods Drive Benefits FirstWorks

24 Feb

The beautiful, historic Annesdale-Snowden Neighborhood Association once again showed their generosity to those less fortunate by holding a “food and goods” drive recently.  Initiated and coordinated by resident, Ian Randolph, the donations will benefit the children and families of Firstworks, Inc.

Ian Randolph, organizer of the drive, with some of the generous donations from his neighbors.

FirstWorks, under the direction of Frederick Cunningham, Executive Director,  is a faith-based academic after-school program for at-risk children and youth who live in the zip codes surrounding Highland Heights United Methodist Church at the corner of Summer Avenue and Highland.
Every year, Randolph, a long-time FirstWorks Board member, contacts the residents of his neighborhood association by email and lets them know a “drive” is being planned. The email lists the most urgent needs of the FirstWorks Food Pantry that includes non-perishable food and hygiene items. On a Friday evening he leaves a plastic bag on the front porch of each of his neighbors with the list attached.  Early Saturday morning, starting at 8:00 a.m., Randolph drives by each home and picks up their donations and delivers it to FirstWorks.
Randolph said of this heart-warming annual event, “The residents of the Annesdale-Snowden Neighborhood Association always look forward to this.  We love to help FirstWorks. It gives us a chance to do something good as a neighborhood.”

Annesdale-Snowden Neighborhood Association members and some of the items donated to the food and goods drive for FirstWorks, Inc.

This is the fifth year this generous neighborhood association has contributed to the welfare of the families who enroll children in the FirstWorks Program.