Woodbury Heights Girl Scouts donates cookies to local food bank
on March 02, 2012 at 4:00 AM
WOODBURY — The Girl Scout Cookie Program became more than just a
lesson on money management and business ethics for one Woodbury Heights
troop this week when they donated more than 50 boxes to the Greater
Woodbury Cooperative Ministries Food Bank.
Heights Girl Scout troop 61782 deliver 54 boxes of girl scout cookies
and canned goods to the Greater Cooperative Ministries Food Bank in
Woodbury. Staff Photo by Tim Hawk/Gloucester County Times
Heights Girl Scout Troop 61782 filed into the food bank to donate
cookies, and some other non-perishables, to who the girls specifically
understood were “people who don’t have enough money to buy food,” second
grader Courtney O’Hara said.
As the troop wrapped up their annual
cookie sale campaign this week, some of the mothers of the girls
decided it’d be a good opportunity to learn about paying generosity
forward to the community, according to Troop Leader Lisa Daniels.
we were kids, it was people telling us, ‘there are kids starving in
Africa,” Daniels remembers. “Now, it’s ‘kids are starving next door.’”
keeping with one of their general themes of philanthropy, the girls
quietly helped unload the boxes and bags of cookies and food and were
given a lesson on what they do and who they help by the food bank’s
director, Kathy Stackhouse-Cunningham.
“Most of the families that
come here normally wouldn’t be able to afford cookies, this will be a
real treat for them,” Stackhouse-Cunningham said. “People are going to
be so excited about this,” she told the children.
The food bank serves approximately 350 needy families a month.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had cookies donated to us before,” Stackhouse-Cunningham said with a smile. “This is just great.”
According to Daniels, the inspiration to donate to the food bank came from a teacher of the some of the kindergarten girls.
Heights Elementary School kindergarten teacher Nancy] Barton encourages
her students to give back to the community,” Daniels said. “She keeps a
jar in her classroom where the children can drop spare change. Then she
donates the money to the food bank. We are just expanding on what she
The girl scouts were able to collect boxes to donate
while they were selling them door-to-door, at cookie booths outside of
local businesses and with the help of their parents. People were able to
buy boxes for the sole purpose of donating them to the food bank, as
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GWCM honored at RiverWinds
Rev. Christine Regan, President & Kathy Stackhouse-Cunningham,
Food Pantry Coordinator receive Founders Cup
Reprinted from Glocester County Times, Tuesday, April 05, 2011
By Gina Bittner
WOODBURY The Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries,
Inc., is the 2011 winner of the Greater Woodbury Chamber of
Commerce Founders' Cup and will be honored, tonight, at
RiverWinds restaurant in West Deptford.
Founded in 1997, the GWCM was formed by eight local churches
and faith communities and now consists of Bethlehem Baptist,
Central Baptist, Christ (Episcopal) Church in Woodbury,
Colonial Manor United Methodist Church, Kemble Memorial
United Methodist Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Holy Angels Parish, St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, the
Presbyterian Church at Woodbury, Woodbury Friends Meeting
and Woodbury Seventh-day Adventist Church.
"We wanted to be able to do things together, to be a
witness to our faith," said GWCM's president, the
Rev. Christine Regan of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
The GWCM provides services for Woodbury, Woodbury Heights,
Deptford, West Deptford, National Park, Wenonah and
Westville, and though the group's food pantry is their
main service, the they offer a variety of help around South
"We have grown in our outreach, and our faith is
nurtured by serving others who need," said Regan.
"We recognize through our efforts that love is being
The GWCM food pantries are at two different locations. On
Tuesday and Thursdays, clients can come from 9:30 a.m. to 11
a.m. to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church located at 330 East
Barber Avenue and Evergreen Avenue in Woodbury. For those
who work during the week and cannot come then, there is a
pantry open on Saturdays at Colonial Manor United Methodist
Church from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
"Food is donated by members of the congregation and
even members from outside donate food and finances,"
said Regan. After volunteers use donated money to purchase
food from the South Jersey Food Bank or area grocery stores,
they load up bags, stock the pantry and more. Regan
attributes much of the pantries' success to the pantry
director, Kathy Cunningham
"She has just done a wonderful job organizing and
creates such a pleasant environment," said Regan.
"It's a lot of work, but they're just so
cheerful, so serving," she said of Cunningham's
Clients of the GWCM's food pantry can also attend
Jeannette's Closet, located at Woodbury Friends Meeting
on North Broad Street in Woodbury. It provides free coats,
hats, gloves, jeans, pajamas, blankets, shoes, socks,
pocketbooks, toys, books, house ware items and more on
Tuesdays at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Children of in designated areas are eligible to take part in
the Lunch Box Program which serves boxed lunches and
breakfasts to youth during the summer when free or
reduced-cost school lunches are unavailable. Additionally,
Handy Helpers do small jobs throughout the house of senior
and disabled citizens. Handy Helpers volunteers meet at the
Presbyterian Church, Broad and Centre Streets in Woodbury on
the second Saturday of each month, September through June,
and work from 8:30 am to Noon.
Finally, the GWCM offers a scholarship to two high school
students from Gateway Regional and Woodbury High Schools
who's essays on peace are chosen out of those
"The competition encourages people to think about
peace," said Regan.
Though the GWCM has continues to stretch their resources to
several South Jersey towns, Regan hopes that more
congregation members will volunteer and that other outside
congregations will begin to help more in their communities.
"I think we need more of the congregations to know
about what we are doing, so they might become a part of our
effort. Then we can reach even more people," said
Regan. Additional information on services can be found at
The GWCM will be honored tonight at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are
still available and cost $35 per person. The event includes
antipasti, pasta stations, beer and wine. Tickets can be
purchased at Cettei & Connell, Inc. located at 135 S.
Broad St. in Woodbury. Checks should be made payable to
Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce.