Rockwood Gives Back now has storage space in the basement of the Eureka Early Childhood Center (the former location of Eureka Elementary School).
The Giving Place is much more than a food pantry. It's a total of four rooms where volunteers can store and inventory furniture, clothing, household goods and personal care items and food.
Rockwood School Board Director and Rockwood Gives Back co-founder Jaime Bayes said, "Our hope is that our district social workers and counselors will help identify needs for their students' families and use this space."
Bayes stood in front of a bulletin board covered with blue hearts. On the hearts are listed specific needs of people served by The Giving Place.
"This is an opportunity for people to take a heart and fulfill it," said Bayes. "They can take something like a clean mattress or dish soap or any range of items. These represent immediate needs we have right now. Our hope is people will come in the spirit of Thanksgiving, take a heart and give back to The Giving Place."
"I hope all of Rockwood sees this is all about kids," said Rockwood School Board President and Rockwood Gives Back co-founder Loralee Mondl. "Every kid deserves people who love them, and they deserve a great education. Our philosophy has been that if kids don't live in that atmosphere, they're going to struggle in school and in life. I hope people see this has been a labor of love and we want kids in Rockwood to succeed."
Learn more about Rockwood Gives Back.